SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Mormon church-backed antidiscrimination law that protects gay and transgender people and religious rights has taken effect amid skepticism from some LGBT residents.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A Mormon church-backed antidiscrimination law that protects gay and transgender people and religious rights has taken effect amid skepticism from some LGBT residents.

Gay rights groups pushed for an antidiscrimination law for years and finally succeeded this year with a legislative deal that won the crucial backing of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The law that took effect Tuesday makes it illegal to base employment and housing decisions on sexual orientation or gender identity. It was hailed as landmark legislation.

But LGBT resident say it still allows discrimination because religious organizations and their affiliates such as schools and hospitals are exempt.

One example they cite is Brigham Young University, which is owned by the Mormon church and can still evict people from student housing for being gay. That exemption also applies to the 1,400 landlords the university contracts with for off-campus housing.