Democrats express frustration after Senate passage of gender bathroom bill

Jan 25, 2024, 6:49 PM | Updated: Jan 26, 2024, 7:59 am

Utah Senate and House Democrats speak at the Utah Capitol on Jan. 25, 2024 , after Senate passage o...

Utah Senate and House Democrats speak at the Utah Capitol on Jan. 25, 2024 , after Senate passage of HB257, a bill dealing with gender-designated bathrooms in public buildings. (Aimee Cobabe/ KSL NewsRadio)

(Aimee Cobabe/ KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Democrats on Capitol Hill were quick to express their disappointment Thursday, after Senate passage of H.B. 257, a bill dealing with gender-designated bathrooms in public buildings.

Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City, says this bill will marginalize the LGBTQ community.

“We want people of color, we want our LGBTQ+ community, we want any who’s marginalized to know that we are here and we are your voice,” Romero told the crowd.

“And the only way that we’re going to change things, is if you stand with us, and you change who’s in office.

Romero stood with other Democratic leaders after the vote. All were wearing black.

Protestors stand in the rain outside the Utah Capitol as a bill dealing with gender-designated bathrooms in public buildings was discussed in the Utah Senate.

Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, explained that their choice of clothing color today was intentional.

“Because we are hurting, through this process. And we join our communities, those marginalized communities, those vulnerable communities through this process,” said Escamilla.

She also said they are hopeful that Gov. Spencer Cox will veto H.B. 257. But she also acknowledged that there’s a slim chance of that actually happening.

Going forward, Escamilla said they will continue to work with the LGBTQ community and others to help those impacted by this.

While this was all going on, hundreds of people rallied on the capitol steps waving pink and blue transgender flags.

The bill is scheduled for a final vote in the House on Friday. 

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