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Idaho GOP refuses to ‘add the words’ to prohibit LGBT discrimination

Sunday, February 12, 2012

BOISE, Idaho — Republican senators on the Senate State Affairs Committee killed a bill on Friday that would have prohibited discrimination against LGBT persons in Idaho.

The bill would have added the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.

The committee’s decision left a room of about 300 advocates stunned, reported the Idaho Statesman.

“One called out, “Shame on you.” Another, “What a joke.” Most were quiet, leaving sticky notes that symbolize the campaign, including this from Tim Walsh: “Bigotry hurts everyone. Add the words.”

Walsh was among about 30 wearing T-shirts that said “Add the Words Idaho.” They stood, hands over mouths, as the hangdog committee filed from the room. Then they sang “We Shall Overcome.”

The measure was sponsored by state Sen. Edgar Malepeai (D-Pocatello), who was the only person who testified on behalf of the bill.

“This legislation does not create a new protected class, since all people have a sexual orientation and gender identity. It ensures all Idahoans are free to hold jobs and rent apartments regardless of whether they are straight or gay,” Malepeai said.

“We owe it to those who know and love their gay family members and friends to take this issue seriously and allow them to speak about the harm they see being done each day in Idaho without the voice of the state finally saying that discrimination is wrong,” he added.

The vote was 7-2 — all seven Republicans on the committee voted against it.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. Idiots…

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:47pm
  2. Bastards.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:49pm
  3. That would violate their freedom of religion! *sarcasm*

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:52pm
  4. Perhaps the individual senators should be sued when discrimination happens.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:52pm
  5. Horrible.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:54pm
  6. STUPID JUDGEMENTAL ASS PEOPLE!!!!!!! OUR COUNTRY KEEPS COMPLAINING ON HOW WE’RE ABOUT EQUALITY, BUT HOW WILL THERE EVER BE EQUALITY IF THEY QUIT HATING ON GAYS!!!!!!! THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO SHIT!!!!!!! Smh.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:55pm
  7. What is WRONG with these people..?

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:56pm
  8. What aren’t they in the
    Uniteds States of America?

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 3:59pm
  9. Wow

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:02pm
  10. You God damn dumb ass Republicans…get the fuck over your bigotry and down from your high horse and actually do something for your state -.- Just proves that Republicans especially have no heart nor soul if it doesn’t benefit themself…I hope they get theirs some day.
    Washington state was making the Pacific Northwest look good with our approval of gay marriage and here Idaho politicians go and do this! FUCK YOOOOOUUUUU!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:13pm
  11. keep voting for republicans and you will keep carrying their shit on

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:15pm
  12. I loved growing up in Idaho, so much so I tell people Mountain Home is my hometown because I was a military brat and never really had a “home”. That being said, stuff like this breaks my heart. I was smart enough not to talk about my sexuality as a teen in Idaho but now as an adult I desperately want to move back and raise my daughter in Boise but stuff like this keeps me in Virginia (which is almost as bad politically). Get it together Idaho so I can come home!

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:35pm
  13. SSDD………..Same sh*t, different day!

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:38pm
  14. This is why I move out Boise. I tired sick of those people.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:47pm
  15. I can’t WAIT til the ground opens up and swallows the area between the Mississippi and the Rockies… the world would be better place. Dorothy had the right idea.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 4:55pm
  16. Tch, of course they won’t.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 6:58pm
  17. ASSHOLES

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 8:01pm
  18. In my beautiful state of Idaho, we were last to: End discrimination based on Gender, Color, and Ethnicity, end enforcement of the Sodomy laws (Which would of earned you life imprisonment if convicted), allow interracial marriage, allow interracial adoption, and initiate proper sexual education. Based on how we were the last to do everything in the union, i highly doubt we will pass LGBT-based anti-discrimination laws anytime soon.

    Posted on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 9:09pm
  19. The stubborness of a few could well lead to the loss of jobs in Idaho. Not really a compelling budgetary strategy – notr a great moral compass.

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 1:01pm
  20. ALEC, sorry to hear any of this. Hopefully, ALL the progress we have made last year and so far this year; will spread rapidly across the Nation. Hang in there, bud. ; D

    Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 7:16pm