Anti-gay protesters picket at councilman’s church services on Sunday

Logan’s Municipal Council plans to hear public comments tomorrow on two proposed ordinances that would protect homosexuals from employment and housing discrimination.Meanwhile, a group of protesters gathered Saturday near the home of Councilwoman Holly Daines to express displeasure that she had changed her mind and now supports the ordinances. Protests continued Sunday at Council Chairman Jay Monson’s LDS ward chapel. Monson said the picketers said they were from Salt Lake City and were here to make sure the ordinances didn’t pass.”They were upfront about it but they all had their signs (and really made) our LDS ward feel bad because they know it’s not true,” Monson said. “The signs had nothing to do with the ordinances. One said ‘Jay Monson hates children.'”Monson said that in spite of the picketers, he has had more e-mails, visits and phone calls from people who favor the ordinances than he has had from people against them.Below is a previous version of this story:—————With the Logan Municipal Council set to hear public comments on a pair of proposed ordinances that would protect homosexuals from discrimination in employment and housing, a group of protesters gathered Saturday afternoon to express displeasure with both the ordinances and the apparent swing vote on the council who will likely help them pass.Earlier this month, the council discussed the pair of ordinances, but said at the time that they wanted to wait until August to make any decisions. The proposed ordinances were championed by Councilman Herm Olsen, and mirrored ordinances passed last year in Salt Lake City, as well as in other communities in Utah.Last week, however, Councilwoman Holly Daines sent a letter to her colleagues on the council saying that she’d decided she would vote in favor of the ordinances, and with her yes vote joining likely yes votes from Olsen and Councilman Jay Monson, the council put the item on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting (5:30 p.m. at the 290 N. 100 West City Hall.) Saturday’s protesters set up shop before 7 p.m. at the corner of Mountain Road and Eastridge Drive, normally a fairly quiet residential area, but notable because it is down the road from Daines’ home.The protesters indicated that they would be at Tuesday’s public hearing to voice their opposition to Logan’s proposed ordinances. A large group of people in favor of the proposals is also expected to be at the meeting, setting up a potentially heated evening.

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