Commission adds nondiscrimination clause to Freedom Festival

People enjoying the Freedom Festival Grand Parade in 2017, in Provo. Photo by Daily Herald, Dominic Valente.

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 LGBT+ community have supported the clause.

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The Gayly. March 21, 2018. 1:10 p.m. CST.