Utah Capitol protesters charged after February arrests

Thursday , August 28, 2014 - 9:49 AM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Charges have finally been filed against 13 protesters who were arrested at the state Capitol in February for blocking the doors to meeting rooms.

The protesters, ranging in age from 20 to 69, were charged Wednesday in Salt Lake City justice court with a misdemeanor charge of disrupting a legislative meeting.

The group was pushing for a statewide anti-discrimination law and demanded lawmakers vote on the measure.

The proposal prohibited discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in housing and employment.

The measure has been introduced for several years but lawmakers did not hold a hearing to consider it this year.

Protest organizer Troy Williams told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1teQeKY) that lawmakers left the group with no choice.

The 44-year-old Williams is one of the 13 arrested.

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