- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has agreed to put on hold a lawsuit challenging Utah state laws that restrict positive talk about homosexuality in schools until state lawmakers decide on a proposal that could resolve the issue.

U.S. District Judge Dee Benson on Wednesday granted a joint request from both sides in the lawsuit.

A proposal to strip state law of language that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools was passed unanimously Tuesday by a Senate committee and next goes to the full Senate.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued the state education board last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students.”

Judge Benson says if the bill becomes law, the two sides must meet to discuss if the lawsuit is still necessary.

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