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Idaho town’s LGBT non-discrimination law to face ballot referendum

Monday, October 28, 2013

POCATELLO, Idaho — Opponents of a recently passed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance have gathered the required signatures to force a May 2014 referendum in hopes voters in Pocatello, Idaho, will repeal the measure.

PocatelloOfficials with the Pocatello City Clerk’s Office said last week that organizers submitted 1,671 verified signatures — 251 more than needed to put the matter to a vote, reported the Idaho State Journal.

Pocatello resident Ralph Lillig, one of the organizers behind the petition, said he hopes voters will repeal the ordinance because he says there are already enough state and federal regulations in place to protect people from discrimination

“This has been unfolding for more than a year and there is an emotionalism in this, a disunity of community and a disruption of community. It has caused so much discontent for so many reasons for so many people,” Lillig said, adding that he thinks the matter should be put to a public vote.

“This is too big to be decided by four people on the City Council,” he said.

Idaho’s Republican lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand the state’s Human Rights Act to protect LGBT people from job and housing discrimination, prompting local municipalities to enact their own laws.

The Pocatello ordinance, approved by the city council by a vote of 4-2, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations such as restaurants and stores.

When the measure was approved on June 6, Pocatello became the sixth city in the state to enact an anti-discrimination ordinance. (Idaho Falls became the seventh when it enacted a similar ordinance in September.)

Other Idaho cities that have adopted similar laws are Boise, Sandpoint, Ketchum, Moscow and Coeur d’Alene.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. fightin for the “right” to discriminate? ID must be a red state.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:00pm
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    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:03pm
  3. Voting on equal rights? I thought this was the United States of America. The best nation in the world. The land of the free.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:03pm
  4. Yes. Let’s allow the majority to vote on minority rights… Because that’s how we do things in ‘muruca.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:05pm
  5. bOO!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:07pm
  6. Sad sick bunch of bigots down there. Every city needs a LGBT inclusive anti discrimination ordinance for protection under the law.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:10pm
  7. Wow…

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:41pm
  8. Sad, very sad :’(

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:43pm
  9. Subject: Support the Pocatello Nondiscrimination Ordinance


    After an ordinance was past in June of this year, Pocatello will now hold elections again in May of 2014 to repeal this ordinance. This is more than an outrage for people to try and take back the right for people to work and live without fear of losing the jobs or buying a house because of their sexual orientation. Go here for more information about the vote in May. Please show support for everyone in the LGBTQ community and stop this bigotry. further.

    That’s why I created a petition to Brian Blad, Mayor, Ian Fennell, Managing Editor, and 10 others.

    Will you sign this petition? Click here:


    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:38am