The Brookings Institution and the Deseret News hosted a forum on Monday, March 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C., to discuss religious liberty and anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applauded recent passage of legislation in Utah, Senate Bill 296, which balances religious freedom and non-discrimination.
Two panel discussions were available by live webcast at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization. The first panel, which included discussion on the Utah legislation, featured moderator Paul Edwards, editor of the Deseret News; Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor; Ben McAdams, mayor of Salt Lake County; and Clifford Rosky, University of Utah law professor and chairman of Equality Utah. The second panel featured leading national experts.