"The Utah law grants equal protections to LGBT people and people of faith. It says that you can't discriminate against someone because of their religious beliefs, their sexual orientation or their gender identity," said University of Utah law professor Cliff Rosky.
"The other laws don't do that," he said. "Our law bans discrimination based on religion, sexuality and gender. Their law legalizes discrimination based on religion."
Utah added sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's anti-discrimination laws for housing and employment, expanded exemptions for religious institutions and their affiliates and provided protections for religious expression.