Idaho lawmaker asked to apologize for Hindu remarks

Sen. John H. Tippets, right, R-Bennington, shakes hands with Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism, after he delivered a prayer from Sanskrit scriptures before the Idaho Senate on Tuesday in Boise. The Idaho Senate convened Tuesday with a Hindu prayer for the first time since Idaho acquired statehood in 1890, drawing objections from seven lawmakers who refused to attend the invocation. The lawmakers, all Republican, only came back onto the floor once the prayer ended. Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

BOISE — An array of religious leaders, many of them from Nevada, are calling for Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, to apologize for her comments this week that Hinduism “is a false faith with false gods.”

LGBT anti-discrimination bill passes Utah test

Eric Moutsos, center, the former Salt Lake Police officer who was placed on leave and later resigned for not wanting to ride his motorcycle in the Salt Lake gays pride parade for religious reasons, shakes hands with Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, left, while Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, looks on during a committee hearing Thursday, March 5, 2015, in Salt Lake City. A landmark Utah proposal protecting gay and transgender individuals passed its test at the state Legislature Thursday when lawmakers on a Republican-controlled Senate committee offered their unanimous and at times emotional support of the measure. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senate committee in the Utah Legislature offered its unanimous and at times emotional support for a proposal to protect gay and transgender individuals as the landmark measure passed its first test.

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