Park City, Utah lawmakers gave a green light Thursday to protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in the city, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The action follows close on the heels of implementation of the state's first such measure in Salt Lake City last month.

Salt Lake City approved two ordinances last October that make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity (transgender protections) in the areas of employment and housing. The law, however, exempts religious organizations, employers with 15 or fewer employees and landlords with fewer than four rental units. At the time, passage appeared iffy as socially conservative state lawmakers denounced the measure. Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, called the action a “slippery road.” But a surprise eleventh-hour endorsement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) eased lawmakers' concerns.

Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups, however, warned other municipalities considering gay protections that he would take legislative action if an ordinance that went beyond Salt Lake City's was enacted.

Park City Mayor Dana Williams publicly floated the idea of a gay protections law without exemptions.

In the end, lawmakers heeded Waddoups' warning and included identical exemptions in its measure.

“I can live with matching Salt Lake City for now,” Williams told the paper. “But it's something we will follow because all classes should have protection from discrimination.”

EqualityUtah, the state's largest gay rights advocate, has launched Ten in 2010, a campaign that aims to add 10 more cities or counties to the list of municipalities with gay protections this year.

At least 7 additional Utah municipalities are looking at taking similar action.