Subtle, it ain't.
The editorial writers at Provo's Daily Herald have lambasted Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's proposed nondiscrimination ordinance. And the bashing wastes no time -- beginning with the headline: "Crazy quilt gay agenda in SLC."
"Mayor Becker & Co. want to create legal chaos," the recent editorial reads. It complains that some of the proposed language to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or a person's gender-related identity extends beyond state and federal guidelines. And it laments that the ordinance could create a "confusing patchwork" of rules that would change at every municipal boundary.
"They [Salt Lake City leaders] encountered some tough sledding on that score in the last session of the Legislature, but that doesn't mean they should turn to a philosophy of haphazard governance," the Herald editorial continues. "To do so shows a lack of statesmanship."
Withstanding the griping on Capitol Hill -- and an eventual name change -- Salt Lake City leaders saw their domestic-partner registry survive the 2008 session unscathed. A year earlier, Becker campaigned partly on a promise to deliver a broader nondiscrimination platform for Utah's progressive capital.
But the Herald missive goes on to say lawmakers should pass a statewide pre-emption statute -- just like the one that applies to firearms -- should Becker's ordinance prevail.
"Only the Legislature should be allowed to write law with respect to basic civil rights."
The editorial comes on the heels of the widely reported LDS Church effort to push Proposition 8, the successful ballot measure banning gay marriage in California.
Sort of reinforces that old Utah County reference about the Zion Curtain.