Twitter gaffes from Utah Capitol stoke criticism from lGBT advocates

Monday , February 03, 2014 - 6:06 PM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — The leader of the Utah Senate and another state lawmaker are apologizing Monday after tweets sent from their accounts that morning were criticized as homophobic and insensitive.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says an intern whose job includes tweeting on the senator’s behalf used the platform to direct jibes at Lehi Republican Rep. Jake Anderegg.

Anderegg earlier on Twitter joked he considered switching his gender identity in order to use an unoccupied women’s restroom. The tweet referred to another lawmaker’s proposal that would bar transgender students from using the bathroom they prefer but would require schools to make another restroom available should the student’s family request it.

Both lawmakers apologized Monday after criticism from LGBT rights advocates and others. Anderegg in a tweet called his prior comments “totally inappropriate.”

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