Calling this a "stunner" is pretty questionable, even given the Church*'s recent meddling in California. The Church has always been a few years behind the curve, but they always seem to sense where the wind is blowing one way or another.
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Hours after the LDS Church announced its support Tuesday night of proposed Salt Lake City ordinances aimed at protecting gay and transgender residents from discrimination in housing and employment, the City Council unanimously approved the measures.
"The church supports these ordinances," spokesman Michael Otterson told the council, "because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage."
They also are consistent with Mormon teachings, he said. "I believe in a church that believes in human dignity, in treating people with respect even when we disagree -- in fact, especially when we disagree."
Of course not-asshole asshole Paul T. Mero's Sutherland Institute still had to get its three dollar bill in:
The Sutherland Institute, a conservative Salt Lake City think tank, reaffirmed its opposition to the anti-discrimination laws and repeated its call for the Legislature to overturn them.
"Each new inclusion in the law of such vague terms as 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity,' " the group said, "represents a mounting threat to the meaning of marriage."
Utah has a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.
One slow step at a time, progress happens.
I wish more people who didn't live in Utah would realize that Salt Lake City is a very different place, and that we're slowly attempting - I think successfully - to export that culture. // Ril Murkin**
* - Look, out here we (even us nonbelievers) refer to the Mormons as 'the Church' because it is the particular faith with all the shove. If I lived in Boston, I would refer to the Catholics as 'the Church,' even as a lapsed Catholic.
** - This is how I'm signing every letter to the editor from now on.