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Former Idaho governor urges lawmakers to pass statewide LGBT protections

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BOISE, Idaho — Former Idaho Gov. Phil Batt is again urging the Legislature to add protections for gay, lesbian and transgender residents to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Phil Batt

Phil Batt

In an editorial he sent Wednesday to media outlets, the Republican bucked his party colleagues in the legislature’s majority.

He wrote that not adding protections shows what he called Idaho’s “disdain for people who are different than most of us” — something that drives people, including his gay grandson, beyond the state’s borders for more welcoming territory.

The “Add the Words” movement has yielded 76 arrests and multiple demonstrations at the Statehouse in Boise.

Still, Republican leaders have said they won’t give the issue a hearing.

Batt first spoke out urging lawmakers to include housing and employment protections for gays in November.

He served from 1995 to 1998.

On Tuesday, more than 100 gay rights demonstrators filled the Capitol’s basement corridor seeking to convince Republican lawmakers to update the Idaho Human Rights Act with discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Good man

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:43pm
  2. Very good man!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:46pm
  3. The tide of popularly hating gays is turning; “roll tide, roll!”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:47pm
  4. NOT TOO SOON EHOUGH !………it must be done……its must !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:48pm
  5. Make it so

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:48pm
  6. COME BACK!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:55pm
  7. We have to get some of that Iowa corn in Ohio.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:06pm
  8. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:08pm
  9. Idaho…is to great for hate…;)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:11pm
  10. Smart man!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:15pm
  11. HEY GOV. PHIL YOUR AWESOME FIGHT FOR US , HEY WE GOT HERE IN CALIFORNIA AGTER ALL THESE YEARS ,AND LOVE YOU , I HOPE YOU GUYS COME THROUGHT FOR YOUR STATE OF , ID, , THANK YOU LGBTQ . LOVE YOU GUYS , JOHNNNY XXXOOO <3

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 5:16pm