FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2018
SEAN REYES SIGNS ANTI-LGBTQ AMICUS BRIEF
Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes joined other Republican attorneys general in signing an amicus brief seeking to reverse federal LGBTQ employment discrimination protections. The amicus brief, which can be found here, was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and argues that “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are not protected under Title VII as interpreted by federal courts.
Chase Thomas, policy and advocacy counsel for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:
“Three years ago, Utahns of all backgrounds came together to protect members of the LGBTQ community from employment discrimination in our state. Sean Reyes’ signature on this amicus brief is a flagrant violation of the spirit of that compromise based in inclusion and acceptance.
“Whether gay, straight, bisexual, or transgender, every person deserves to be able to pursue a career without fear of discrimination. Rather than simply being a legal argument, this could result in actual harm to LGBTQ persons across our state and the nation. Attorney General Reyes seems more interested in using his office to advance this extreme political position than protecting Utahns.”
Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.