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Former Sen. Steve Urquhart Reflects On His Legislative Service, Faith, And LGBT Rights

Brian Grimmett

After 16 years in the state legislature, Steve Urquhart decided not to run for reelection this year. He recently took a job as a global ambassador with the University of Utah and resigned his senate seat last month after he moved out of his district in St. George to Salt Lake City.

During his final years in the legislature, Urquhart emerged as a kind of progressive inside the Republican caucus. He ran bills to repeal the death penalty and to expand LGBT rights in Utah. Last year his landmark legislation to include LGBT people in Utah’s antidiscrimination law, with exceptions for religious organizations, was passed and signed into law. This year, he was named to the Board of Equality Utah.

Steve Urquhart joined us in studio recently to reflect on his faith and his legislative service.

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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