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‘Capitol 13’ appear in court

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Feb 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-24 13:45:56-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A protest over the quick death of a statewide non-discrimination bill led to the arrest of 13 gay rights activists earlier this month, now those activists are expected to appear in court Monday.

The activists are being called "The Capitol 13." On Feb. 10, the group blocked the doors of the Governor's office and a legislative committee hearing, refusing to let people in. They demanded Utah's political leaders hear Senate Bill 100-- a statewide non-discrimination bill that includes protections for sexual orientation in housing and employment.

The activists said they had every intention of pleading not guilty to the incident. They were looking at misdemeanor charges of disturbing the legislature and disorderly conduct, but they left the courtroom with no resolution.

The judge said no charges have been filed yet, and they are waiting on information from the Utah Highway Patrol officers who made the arrests.

The activists are expected to return to court on March 24.