The Problem

We all care about fairness, and adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to Utah's nondiscrimination law might sound reasonable and fair, but it's not. The problem is that it would give special rights to some people at the expense of other people. In fact, it would give special rights to some that conflict with the first freedoms of others.

Utah courts would be compelled to recognize special rights at the expense of the most basic rights of others. The first freedoms of all Utahns will be put in jeopardy – foundational freedoms such as freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, the right to make a living, the right to privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of association.

We know this will happen because it already has—in every state that has passed legislation giving special rights to some at the expense of the rights of others.

None of us should suffer infringement of our most basic freedoms. If real discrimination is a public concern, there are effective ways to address it that don't take away the first freedoms of others.

Creating new discrimination just to give special rights to some people at the expense of other people is simply unfair.

We can do better here in Utah.


Non-discrimination laws sound reasonable, but they're not. They give special rights to some at the expense of others. Let's come up with a better solution.

The Solution

If real discrimination is a public concern, there are effective ways to address it. Every legislative attempt to alleviate real discrimination must rest on two pillars: 1) we cannot create new discrimination and 2) we must protect everyone’s first freedoms. To this end, the First Freedoms Coalition has created a compact consisting of five principles to guide our efforts.


First Freedoms Compact


A Declaration of 5 Principles to Guide Utah’s Discussion About
Protecting First Freedoms for All Utahns


First Freedoms

All people in a free society share equally the free exercise of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of association, and the right to make a living.


Pluralism within a free society requires all people to adopt a “live and let live” approach to secular and religious expressions intended for the betterment of mankind. This is especially true when people of varying beliefs disagree about those expressions.


All people are to be treated reasonably and with fairness in their public and commercial interactions. No single group should be elevated to a “special class” above others with special rights that infringe on the first freedoms of everyone else.

Mutual Respect

Conflicting rights are inherent in a free society, and conflicts requiring public mediation should be handled rationally, respectfully and lawfully. Rational disagreements on sensitive issues are not justification for accusations of hatred, intolerance or bigotry.

The Common Good

Governance in a free society must differentiate between private and public concerns – respecting the right of people to work out their lives as they see fit while also respecting public policies intended to protect freedom and advance the common good.

The First Freedoms Coalition

Celebration of Marriage
Citizens for Families
Citizens for Principled Government
Citizens for Strong Families
Coalition for the Preservation of Family Values
Cornerstone of Freedom
Family First Foundation
Family Watch International Utah
For Children's Sake

Principled Liberty Foundation
Principles of Freedom Forum
Standard of Liberty
Sutherland Institute
The Leadership Foundation
Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies
United Families International
United Women's Forum
Utah Eagle Forum
Worldwide Organization For Women

Real People, Real Harm

Every state that has added “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination law has opened the door to frivolous and unreasonable complaints or lawsuits. All of these problems began with a seemingly harmless passage of nondiscrimination in housing and employment. Adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to a state nondiscrimination law for housing and employment has been the gateway to these complaints or lawsuits.

The “reverse discrimination” caused by these special rights against the first freedoms of others has been real and harmful. We want to prevent the same problems from hurting Utahns.

As you hover your mouse over each story, click on the “chain link” icon to learn more about the harms to the first freedoms of small business owners, students, employees and so on from poorly constructed nondiscrimination laws.

Join the Coalition!

Do you want to show your support for our First Freedoms and the principles outlined in the First Freedoms Compact? You can join the First Freedoms Coalition by signing below!

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To contact the First Freedoms Coalition, send us an email at info@FairToAll.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Utah can do better. Let's come up with a solution that protects our First Freedoms while addressing the real issues.

Media and TV Spots

Media Coverage

Deseret News article on ad campaign and First Freedoms Coalition launch

KUTV Channel 2 segment on ad campaign

Rod Arquette Show on KNRS interviewing First Freedom Coalition co-chairs (at 59:40 mark)

Daily Herald story on ad campaign and First Freedoms Coalition launch

Op-ed regarding nondiscrimination laws and First Freedoms in Deseret News

AP article on ad campaign and First Freedoms Coalition launch

ABC 4 piece on First Freedoms Coalition

TV Spots

The TV spots below are airing across the state to help Utahns understand some of the challenges related to statewide LGBT nondiscrimination proposals. Please share these videos with your friends and family!