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Negotiations “very close” on LGBT nondiscrimination, religious liberties bill

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-26 15:23:56-05

SALT LAKE CITY — In a surprise snowstorm outside the Capitol, a group of Mormon women wrote notes and attached them with bouquets of flowers.

The notes urged lawmakers inside to pass Senate Bill 100, which would bar discrimination in housing and employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. They were signed by members of Mormons Building Bridges, a group of LDS members that supports LGBT rights.

A small group of lawmakers have been meeting to discuss balancing religious liberties and LGBT nondiscrimination issues. Those participating in the discussions told FOX 13 on Thursday that they have agreed to some language and are finishing up. Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, said a bill could be out the first of next week.

“The religious freedom language, I think that we’re extremely close if not there on that,” Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, told FOX 13. “The language on protection on sexual orientation and gender identity, we’re extremely close. My anticipation is we’ll finalize that in the next few hours, maybe a day or two.”