Review by Utah Eagle Forum (http://www.utaheagleforum.org/) based on a written analysis provided via an e-mail Alert dated 1/26/2009:
This bill expands the definition of "heirs" to include a wrongful death designee.
- Heirs are surviving relatives by blood or marriage. This bill gives heir status to non-heirs, people NOT related by blood or marriage.
- SB32 is NOT about giving property to non-relatives--that can already be done by using wills. This bill is about giving legal status as a relative, to non-relatives.
SB32 is one of six bills being promoted by Equality Utah at the Legislature this year. Who is Equality Utah? From their website: Equality Utah is a grassroots, statewide political advocacy organization working on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to secure equality and fairness, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.