I was impressed by the humanity, compassion and empathy by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St. George, in his op-ed, "Utah needs anti-discrimination law" (Opinion, March 6). I was moved when he wrote, "I worry less about labels and punishment than I do about good policy that promotes liberty, justice and equality."
And by his humility in coming to a point where he would say: "People should be free from housing and employment discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation. My thanks to those who reached this point before me and helped get me here."
Urquhart and I now agree about discrimination laws; I suspect we disagree about same-sex marriage. But his humanity and his willingness to listen gives me hope that he may eventually change his view. And if he doesn’t? Well, we need more such people, especially legislators, who are people of good will and yet disagree.
We need more understanding and less judgment — on all sides.
Salt Lake City
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