The Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission has documented a number of instances of housing discrimination
against people because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, class or ability. Rosemary Winters of the Salt Lake Tribune highlighted a few disturbing instances – a landlord who refused to fix a family’s oven because the tenants didn’t speak English, and a man who faced eviction because he was gay. Among other recommendations, the report suggested Mayor Ralph Becker and the City Council pass a nondiscrimination ordinance. Becker has said he planned to introduce such an ordinance this year.