On February 3, Clifford Rosky, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed by Jeff Robinson on KCPW’s Politics Up Close, about three new bills introduced by Rep. LaVar Christensen (Draper-R) of the Utah State Legislature. According to Rosky, the bills include sweeping, ambiguous, and dangerous language that will have many far-reaching and unintended consequences.
HB182 provides that any “arrangement, agreement or transaction that is unlawful or violates public policy is void and unenforceable.”
HB270 provides that Utah’s public policy is protected the “family,” which consists of a man and woman who are legally married, and the children that they raise together, The bill states that this definition of family is supported by “the laws of nature and nature’s God, the Creator and Supreme Judge of the World.”
HB109 provides that a claim of “religious liberty” is a “valid defense to claims of discrimination by others,” and may be raised in any judicial proceeding, civil or criminal.
In an article published in The Salt Lake Tribune, Rosky stated, “It’s very clear, given the political context from which [HB109] emerged, that it’s an attempt to repeal all of the municipal [antidiscrimination] ordinances. It just happens to be a lot broader than that, too.” Rosky believes that the bills would effectively repeal a broad range of laws, including the state’s bans against bigamy and polygamy, as well as the Utah Antidiscrimination Act and the Utah Fair Housing Act, which prohibit employment and housing discrimination based on race, sex, religion, and other characteristics.
The archived KCPW interview is accessible here.