Gay rights activists arrested in Utah

LGBT rights activist are detained by members of the Utah Highway Patrol after blocking a Senate committee hearing room at the Utah State Capitol

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Thirteen Utah gay rights activists were arrested on Monday at the state Capitol after a sit-in to demand lawmakers hear a bill barring housing and job discrimination based on sexual orientation, authorities said.

About 20 activists, buoyed by a court ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage in the conservative state, had blocked access to part of the Capitol. They said they would not leave unless the Utah Senate president ensured the bill would get a hearing. (Reuters)

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