Ogden is the latest Utah municipality to consider gay protections measures.

Nine municipalities have already followed Salt Lake City's lead in approving legislation protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

In October 2009, Salt Lake City approved two groundbreaking ordinances that make it illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity (transgender protections) in the areas of employment and housing. The laws exempt religious organizations, employers with 15 or fewer employees and landlords with fewer than four rental units. A surprise eleventh-hour endorsement from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) helped advance the legislation past the finish line.

According to the Standard-Examiner, Ogden City Attorney Gary Williams began drafting similar ordinances after the issue was discussed at a 90-minute meeting between gay activists and city officials.

“It was quite a productive meeting,” Brandie Balken, executive director of Equality Utah, the state's largest gay rights advocate, told the paper “It's definitely our intention to work with local governments to have an ordinance that represents the best policy for each municipality.”

Other municipalities that have approved similar measures include Park City – home of the Sundance Festival – Logan, West Valley, Taylorsville, Murray, Moab, Salt Lake County, Summit County and Grand County.