In leading the fight against gay marriage in California, the Mormon Church liked to say that it wasn’t antigay and had no problem with gay legal rights—just marriage. Gay rights activists in Utah have decided to test that claim, reports the New York Times, and gay Utah legislators are proposing an expansion of legal rights. “We are taking the LDS Church at its word,” says an activist leader.
The proposed legislation permits same-sex domestic partnerships, and expands protections for couples regarding health and hospital issues, housing, employment, and inheritance. The state senator introducing the legislation says that it adheres closely to what the church claimed not to object to. An LDS spokeswoman declined to comment.