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Pocatello, Idaho Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

The City Council of Pocatello, Idaho voted 4-2 to pass an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance on Thursday night after a six hour meeting, Local 8 News reports:

PocatelloThe version that passed Thursday has several changes.

The so-called "ID to pee" section, which stated the gender on a state-issued ID card, would decide what restroom a person could use, was removed. The small business exception was also removed. That would have exempted a business with five or fewer employees from the ordinance.

That removal came after a citizen pointed out almost 40 percent of Pocatello businesses have five or fewer employees.

"It's something we can be proud of in Pocatello,” said City Councilwoman Eva Johnson Nye. “I think we made some good decisions tonight. It was a long time getting there, but we did the right thing. And we have citizens protected now, and that's a good thing."


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  1. It's really pathetic that here in the United States we must win equality town by town even in a state that recognizes our marriages. Does anyone even know how many small towns, hamlets, and unincorporated villages there are in the US? Must we fight for our rights in each and every single one of them before we are to be accepted as full citizens of this country? If that's the case, it is beyond pathetic.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 8, 2013 5:35:26 PM

  2. Nick, You have stated very well the basic issue with LGBT rights. No other group in the U.S. has had to fight in every city and every state to get their basic rights. A large percentage of the population---and largely "religious" people---need to rethink what our constitution and this country's basic principles are. There's too much self-rightousness and too little human care here.

    Posted by: Doug | Jun 8, 2013 6:51:51 PM

  3. If SCOTUS declares heightened scrutiny this will be 100% moot.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jun 8, 2013 7:00:33 PM

  4. It is significant in the sense it is Idaho. The hometown of Larry Craig. It is also the place of Boise scandal in the 50's when a witch hunt was going on for gay people and many lives were ruined. The contrast between now and then is a reminder of how much things have changed.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 8, 2013 7:07:12 PM

  5. Sorry, off topic.

    What's this I hear about Prince Harry intervening to rescue a gay guy from a homophobic attack ?

    Anyone else pick up on this story ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 8, 2013 8:25:19 PM

  6. Alas I was in Yellow Springs,Ohio today for the street fair. The village enacted a human rights ordinance in 1979 including sexual orientation. It's a great place.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 8, 2013 8:50:07 PM

  7. Well, Anthony, SCOTUS won't, so that's where we are.

    Anyway, this is great news and the updated ordinance is significantly improved from the original one. Basic protections but protections that make a big difference.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jun 8, 2013 9:11:49 PM

  8. The first time I ever heard of Pocatello was from the 2002 gay movie "Latter Days."

    Posted by: Aepol1 | Jun 8, 2013 9:12:04 PM

  9. @JackFn - all over the British papers. The incident is some time in the past, but just now being related. Harry: "Right I’m going to sort this s*** out once and for all." Who knew Harry would be an ally?

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 8, 2013 9:12:10 PM

  10. I currently live in LA but grew up in Pokey. Idaho State University helps the area be a bit more progressive. It even has a gay bar! Hope the choke hold Mormons have on the town lets up a little. The movie Latter Days pretty much hit the mark on the head with those guys.

    Posted by: Axel | Jun 8, 2013 9:27:09 PM

  11. This only makes sense since Esther Blodgett was born in a trunk in the Palace Theatre Pocatello, Idaho.

    Posted by: JohnnyBS | Jun 8, 2013 9:35:22 PM

  12. It is not just the Mormons, it is also the wackos that have retired from California to live cheaper. Coeur d'Alene is a trip: fascists from rural Kootenai County mixed in with a number of artist colonies and related progressives. My niece still has the scars from just happening to walk down the street when the Aryan Nuthatch Brotherhood blew up the courthouse.

    Posted by: melvin | Jun 8, 2013 9:39:03 PM

  13. Francis, unless you are a member of SCOTUS, then I'd suggest you not assume that you know what the court will do.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jun 8, 2013 10:49:55 PM

  14. This is a good reminder that small town America isn't always as narrow-minded as people assume. Unfortunately, the reverse is also true. As evidenced by the recent hate crimes in NYC, big cities aren't automatically accepting of those with minority status.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 8, 2013 11:17:27 PM

  15. "I was born in a trunk in the Princess theater in Pocatello,Idaho....." Judy Garland..

    Posted by: billmiller | Jun 9, 2013 2:49:20 AM

  16. http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2013/06/08/teh-ghey-aka-well-sing-em-all-and-stay-all-night/

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 9, 2013 8:27:51 AM

  17. Great news that even a conservative, Mormon city like Pocatello now bans employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    Posted by: DB | Jun 10, 2013 12:21:54 PM

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