Utah Senator Chris Buttars is looking to sponsor legislation that would limit cities and counties in the state from enacting gay rights legislation, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Buttars, a fierce opponent of gay rights, said Thursday he'll consider supporting a bill modeled after Salt Lake City's recently approved measure that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of housing and employment. The Mormon Church surprisingly supported the legislation, which was approved unanimously.

“Maybe we ought to have a statewide bill that allows those things,” he said.

But Buttars, who is prominently featured in the new Reed Cowan documentary 8:The Mormon Proposition saying gay people are “the meanest buggers I have ever seen,” is more likely attempting to limit gay rights in Utah.

“A person has a right to have a house or a job without worrying about their sexual orientation. Those two issues, I don't think, are creep,” he said referring to pro-gay legislative creep.

Buttars, a Republican from West Jordan, says he wants to prevent local governments from going beyond the Mormon approved protections for gay people.

He told Salt Lake City's Fox affiliate, Fox 13: “I meet with the gays here and there and they were in my house two weeks ago. I don't mind gays, but I don't want them stuffing it in my throat all the time and especially in my kid's face.”