- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The Utah County Commission has voted to add a nondiscrimination clause to its funding agreement with the Freedom Festival.

The Daily Herald reports that the contract approved on Tuesday was brought up by Commission Chairman Nathan Ivie in response to last year’s Freedom Festival where an LGBT youth resource group, Encircle, was denied entry to the event’s Grand Parade at the last minute after having been previously approved to participate.

The contract states that the festival cannot discriminate on the basis of “race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status” for any county-sponsored events.

The contract does not name the parade as a county-sponsored event - therefore the parade might not be included under the nondiscrimination clause. Nonetheless, members of the LGBTQ community have supported the clause.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

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