- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The conservative Sutherland Institute says it’s pulling one of its three ads opposing a statewide nondiscrimination law after learning it was inaccurate.

The 30-second commercial references but doesn’t name Brigham Young University, saying the law might pressure owners of gender-specific student housing to rent to students of the opposite gender in violation of the honor code.

But Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart’s bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity specifically exempts college dormitories, religious organizations or businesses owned by religious organizations.

The think tank’s president Paul Mero admits the mistake in a blog post dated Thursday and says he feels awful about it.

He says the institute has pulled the ad from YouTube and a website opposing the law, and is working to remove it from TV.


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