Utah passes Mormon-backed LGBT anti-discrimination bill

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An anti-discrimination bill backed by the Mormon church has been passed in the US state of Utah.

The state’s governor had pledged to sign the bill, which aims to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace and in housing issues, but also protects religious organisations opposed to homosexuality.

Nicknamed the “Utah compromise”, the bill passed Utah’s Senate last week, 23 to 5, and the House on Wednesday night, 65 to 10.

It was endorsed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a rare move which allowed it to be fast-tracked through the legislature.

The bill was expected to be signed by Governor Gary Herbert on Thursday evening in the state.