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LGBT Rights Activists Arrested For Blocking Entrances To Idaho Governor's Office: VIDEO


Over twenty LGBT rights activists sporting "Add the Words Idaho" t-shirts and covering their mouths with their hands were arrested for blocking all four entrances to Idaho governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's office today. The protestors, who have held demonstrations at the statehouse several times in the past month, want officials to add the terms "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights act. reports:

Police arrested 18 protesters for unlawful assembly, four protesers for trespassing, and one protester for resisting and obstructing, according to Idaho State Police.

That includes former Idaho State Senator Nicole LeFavour (above), who was led from the building in handcuffs. LeFavour was encouraging protesters not to move from the various entrances to the governor's office...

Idaho Republicans have blocked passage of the "Add the Words" proposal for eight years, and they have declined to give such a plan a hearing this year.

Watch news coverage of the protest, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Your video and story don't match, the vid is from a protest at the Senate chamber a month ago.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 4, 2014 6:41:13 PM

  2. Looks like the T-shirt actually says, "Add the 4 words."

    Posted by: David | Mar 4, 2014 7:05:08 PM

  3. This is a prime example of how NOT to protest and only make yourself and your cause look bad.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Mar 4, 2014 7:10:16 PM

  4. @Wheelie

    The "cause" does not look bad for this. Get real.

    Posted by: Albert | Mar 4, 2014 9:54:39 PM

  5. Good Job Add the Words Idaho. You're taking such a great risk, suffering legal record, and expense for all of us. You will be viewed one day as civil and human rights vanguards.

    And, let Governor Butch Otter know: stop the abuse and let it begin with your office....or leave.

    Posted by: Charles Bunch | Mar 4, 2014 10:29:11 PM

  6. Nichole LeFavour is turning out to be an even more admirable LGBT heroine.

    Posted by: Gordon | Mar 4, 2014 11:00:40 PM

  7. I was not aware that there was a way to "not" protest, wheelie81. It seems to me that citizens who see injustice, whether to people young or old, or even to cows in Idaho (see Idaho's ag-gag controversy), and are placing themselves on the line for justice are doing it right. They are not being violent, they are paying the price in time, discomfort, and money, and they are drawing attention to the ignorance and bigotry and greed of the Idaho legislature.

    Posted by: jim | Mar 5, 2014 2:03:46 AM

  8. I remember being at a legislative hearing about a hate-crimes bill including sexual orientation back in 1983. Richard Butler, leader of the Aryan Nations white-supremacist group, testified that, if the bill passed, he wouldn't be able to say that gay people should be killed. Although I doubt his testimony was the reason, the bill did not pass. This is progress.

    Posted by: jimstoic | Mar 5, 2014 12:50:02 PM

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