Lewiston becomes 9th Idaho city to approve LGBT protections

Jimmy Emerson

Jimmy Emerson

LEWISTON, Idaho — Officials in the north-central Idaho city of Lewiston have passed an ordinance banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Lewiston City Council passed the ordinance Monday on a 5-2 vote.

Lewiston is the ninth city in Idaho to pass an ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

The others are Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Ketchum, Moscow, Pocatello, Sandpoint, and Victor.

LGBT rights advocates have staged numerous demonstrations at the state capital this year, calling on lawmakers to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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