Equality Utah

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Equality Utah
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U.S. State of Utah
Founded 2001
Type Non-profit 501(c)(3)
Area served
Key people
Troy Williams, Executive Director
Slogan Equal is right
Mission LGBT rights
Website equalityutah.org
Formerly called
Unity Utah (2001–2004)

Equality Utah is an American non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which is Utah's largest LGBT rights group based in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] The organization is a member of the Equality Federation.[2][3]


It was founded in 2001 as Unity Utah and took its present name in 2004.[4]

In 2008, Equality Utah's Common Ground Initiative brought the group national attention.[1] During the campaigns for and against California's 2008 Proposition 8, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) made statements that the LDS Church "does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights."[1] In response, on November 10, 2008, Equality Utah proposed a number of bills to the Utah State Legislature affording Utah citizens those rights[5] and asked the LDS Church to "stand by" those statements. On December 23, 2008, Human Rights Campaign representatives delivered twenty-seven-thousand letters asking the LDS Church to support those bills; the LDS Church declined to comment on the matter.[6][7]

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  1. ^ a b c Johnson, Kirk (November 10, 2008). "Gay Leaders in Utah Plan 5-Bill Attack in Legislature". The New York Times. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Community Partners". Equality Utah. Archived from the original on December 29, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Member Organizations". Equality Federation. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Equality Utah History". Archived from the original on 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  5. ^ Press release (November 10, 2008). "Equality Utah Takes LDS Church at Its Word". (PDF format,27 kB). Accessed December 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Winters, Rosemary (December 23, 2008). "27,000 Letters Urge LDS leader to Back Rights of Gay Utahns". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 24, 2008. 
  7. ^ Falk, Aaron (December 23, 2008). "Activists Hand-Deliver Letters to LDS Church". Deseret News. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 

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