Utah State Senator Chris Buttars says he will block a proposed Salt Lake City gay protections bill.

Buttars' contempt for the gay and lesbian community is well documented. In 2008, he sponsored a bill that took aim at a proposed Salt Lake City gay partner registry. State lawmakers worked out a compromise with city leaders and eventually the registry opened as the mutual commitment registry.

“I don't think the discrimination they scream about is really real,” he told Salt Lake City-based KCPW radio on Monday.

“I'm watching that to see what they try to do, and if they keep pushing it, then I will bring a bill about it,” Buttars added.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is backing the bill, which bans discrimination based on race, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender protections) in the areas of employment, public accommodations and housing. Religious groups and state agencies would be exempt from the law. Becker, 57, is expected to introduce his final bill to the City Council in mid-September.

In February, Senator Buttars, 67, was reprimanded by Senate leaders over anti-gay remarks he made in a yet to be released documentary. Republican leaders removed him from his chair of the powerful Judicial Committee.

Clips of Buttars' remarks leaked to the press on the same day the Utah Legislature voted down five gay rights bills.

In an interview conducted with filmmaker Reed Cowan for the upcoming documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, the Mormon lawmaker called the gay rights movement “probably the greatest threat to America.”

“They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen.”

“It's just like the Muslims,” he adds moments later. “Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it's been taken over by the radical side.”

On the subject of gay marriage, Buttars said the institution is the beginning of the end: “What are the morals of the gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes.”