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Anti-ENDA GOP Senator: ‘Idaho should respect local gay rights laws’

The Idaho Republican U.S. Senator who voted earlier this week against a federal ban on workplace discrimination against LGBT people, said Tuesday that Idaho cities should be able to maintain their local gay rights ordinances.

U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

“I tend to believe that just as the federal government should honor the rights of states, states should honor the rights of cities in those areas where there is not some kind of a compelling interest,” said U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, who has opposed the federal Employment Non-Discrimiantion Act (ENDA) and voted against the measure in it’s first vote Monday.

Crapo’s remarks puts him at odds with a resolution passed last summer by the Idaho Republican Party central committee which urges the 2014 Idaho legislature to invalidate the local gay rights measures.

City councils around the state in Sandpoint, Boise, Moscow, Ketchum, Coeur d’Alene, Pocatello and Crapo’s hometown of Idaho Falls, have passed an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect their LGBT citizens in areas including employment, housing and public accommodations.

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