Tonight's Salt Lake City city council meeting to pass a fully inclusive human rights ordinance might come with a pleasant surprise from the Mormons.
The LDS church previously opposed the ordinance, but according to my sources they will announce at tonight's meeting that they've flipped positions. While the church won't go so far as to endorse the measure, they will withdraw their opposition.
Why? My sources say top LDS leaders got stern warnings from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney; the politicians are concerned over a recent spate of negative publicity over the church's support of Prop 8.
Michael Westley, Media & Special Events Coordinator, confirmed that the Utah Pride Center had also heard the information. "We've heard it as well. We'll have to see if it really happens," he said.
Both Romney & Reid have supported employment protections for the LGBT community previously. The city council meets at 7pm Mountain.