Monson: don’t wait on legislature for gay descrimination decision

Logan’s municipal council on Tuesday voted three to two to put off any further discussion on ordinances that ban discrimination against gays in housing and employment until the first council meeting in August. Councilmember Herm Olsen proposed the ordinances, which he said would be similar to those passed by the Salt Lake City Council with support from officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Councilmember Laraine Swenson suggested it should be the state that passes such ordinances first. Council chairman Jay Monson says he does not want to wait for the Legislature. “We went ahead and passed a policy in Logan,” Monson explains, “so that we would not have the proliferation of payday loan establishments. A lot of us have asked the legislature to do that for so many years and they don’t do that either. “I know they have a lot of things on their plate and they only meet for so many days, but I would hate to wait for the state to do this because I don’t think they’ll do it for a long time.” It was eventually decided to postpone a decision and any further discussion until early August.

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