No one should get everything they want from a legislative session. Good policy comes from negotiation, compromise and listening to the will of the people. Unfortunately, the 2015 session again demonstrates the result of failing to adhere to those principles.
There were high points to be sure. Widely supported statewide anti-discrimination legislation finally passed. Elation over its passage, however, was tempered by Rep. Lavar Christensen’s attempts to pass a religious freedom bill, so broadly written that the Legislature’s own legal experts viewed it as unconstitutional. Christensen, you’ll recall, was the architect of Utah’s anti-LGBT Amendment 3.