A Utah Civil Rights Amendment
did not make the 2012 ballot
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The proposed measure would have prohibited the state from giving any race- or gender-based preference in education, employment and awarding state contracts.
Supporters of the proposed measure argued that the affirmative action in college admissions and hiring practices were creating resentment and animosity. The proposed measure was supported by Sen. Margaret Dayton, Rep. Curtis Oda and the American Civil Rights Institute. Previously, Oda proposed a similar measure to the legislature but the bill fell short of the required approval to qualify for the ballot.
Path to the ballot
The constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote in the Utah Legislature in order to qualify for the 2012 ballot.
Utah Affirmative Action Amendment (2010)