In some of the least surprising news of all time, anti-gay (and primarily Mormon) members of the Utah state legislature have defeated a series of pro-gay bills that would have secured inheritance, medical, adoption and employment rights for gay and lesbian citizens. The bills were all introduced as part of the Common Ground Initiative, a political effort to call the bluff of those anti-marriage activists who repeatedly claimed that they were simply trying to protect "marriage," and would be more than happy to allow a few legislative crumbs to gays and lesbians who just wanted basic legal protections.
So, while it's depressing to see that many bills fail that fast, congrats to Equality Utah on the initiative -- it's a positive step towards calling these folks out and holding them accountable for their actions and rhetoric. It's also produced a lot of talking points for us to use elsewhere as we fight for equality, not to mention some true anti-gay howlers from troglodytic politicians such as state Sen. Chris Buttars:
They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen.... It's just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it's been taken over by the radical side.