April 19, 1996 |
The state Legislature voted to ban gay student clubs in high schools to prevent homosexuals from "recruiting" others into "a lifestyle that can kill them." The bill cleared the Senate, 21 to 7, and the House, 47 to 21. It is the only one of its kind in the nation to pass, said Jensie Anderson of the Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Republican Gov. Mike Leavitt is expected to sign it.
January 24, 1991 |
The Utah Senate on Wednesday passed a tough anti-abortion bill that Gov. Normman H. Bangerter promised to sign despite a legal fight promised by abortion rights advocates. The Senate voted 23 to 5 in favor of the bill, which would ban most abortions in Utah. The legislation goes to the House Health Committee today and to the full House probably by Friday. House passage is expected. Seventy percent of Utah residents and 90% of the 104 state lawmakers belong to the Mormon Church.
February 26, 2000 |
The Utah House on Friday approved legislation that would limit sex education to the teaching of abstinence before marriage and fidelity afterward. The measure, approved 40 to 27, bans any discussion of birth control in public schools. The House also passed an amendment that would require students to be taught that "any sexual relations outside of marriage constitutes criminal conduct." The bill now goes to the Senate.
February 28, 1996 |
Days after the Salt Lake City school board disbanded all school-sponsored clubs rather than let a gay group meet, three teachers announced the formation of a gay and straight teachers' alliance. The announcement fueled the brewing controversy over homosexuality in Utah's conservative public school system. Already, the Legislature is poised to pass a law that could be used to fire homosexual teachers.
February 24, 1990 |
Devout, conservative and heavily Republican, Utah lawmakers figured to be out front in the anti-abortion stampede that many activists not long ago were predicting might sweep through state legislatures this year. But by the time lawmakers recessed a few days ago, Republican Gov. Norman H. Bangerter, a staunch abortion foe himself, had talked them out of taking up a bill to outlaw most abortions. The reason: money.
March 25, 2001 |
The people of Utah were concerned. Smut had inundated the state and deposited an unseemly grime, like a bathtub ring. The filth was everywhere: on the Internet, in schools, even on supermarket shelves. Heeding their outcry, the state Legislature last spring created a new post--the nation's first porn czar. Pesky details such as allocating funding for the position and actually describing the duties of the job would come later.