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04/19/2007


Hundreds Surround Idaho Statehouse in Support of LGBT Rights: VIDEO

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At the Idaho Statehouse in Boise on Monday, hundreds of demonstrators circled around the building to greet lawmakers and push for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to be added to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Idaho's Republican lawmakers have repeatedly declined to hold a hearing on possible changes to the state's human rights act for several years. Supporters of the “Add the Words” movement say updating the human rights act would protect LGBT people in Idaho from discrimination in housing and employment. 

Last month, police arrested 32 LGBT activists at the state Capitol who were protesting lawmakers' refusal to bring up the issue. 

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21-Year-Old Gay 'Conservative Republican' Runs For Idaho State Legislature: VIDEO

GelsominoIdaho's District 18 has a first on its hands. Dom Gelsomino, a Republican candidate for the district's state legislature seat, also happens to be openly gay. However, he hopes that if elected, people will recognize that as a self-described "conservative Republican" he is in the legislature to do a job and to vote, not to tout his personal life.

ABC 6 reports:

With gay rights as one of the hottest issues at the Idaho Statehouse many have viewed the issue as partisan - that “adding the words” went down party lines. Gelsomino says not if he's elected.

“I would support 'Add The Words' where religious institutions, organizations and businesses would be exempt, as would be the federal and state-owned businesses, buildings or organizations," he says.

His opponent, Democrat Representative Phylis King is the co-sponsor of the current 'Add The Words' bill and she tells On Your Side she's not concerned with Gelsomino's sexual orientation.

“I think that's his business,” says King. “What I want him to do if he wins is to be a really good legislator and to work as hard as I do."

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"Despite my personal life, it's how I will vote that's going to matter," he says.

What do you think about Gelsomino's ambitions? 

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

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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.

KTVB.com 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.

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Idaho is About to Throw $1 Million Away Defending the State's Gay Marriage Ban

OtterThe Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has approved a $1 million budget request to defend the state's gay marriage ban, KTVB reports:

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the committee endorsed a request by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (pictured) to transfer the money from the general fund to the Constitutional Defense Fund in anticipation of a legal fight.

If there is a trial at all.

Earlier this month, four couples who filed suit in Idaho in November requested that the federal judge overseeing the lawsuit strike down the ban without a trial, saying the overwhelming rulings in other parts of the country make it clear that Idaho's ban violates the Constitution.

What a waste. To think the state could actually be making money with marriage equality. Taxpayers should be outraged.


Police Arrest 32 LGBT Activists At Idaho State Capitol

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Thirty-two people demanding Idaho lawmakers add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to that state's anti-discrimination laws were arrested at the state Capitol on Thursday.

The Associated Press reports:

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said he respects protesters’ right to assemble, but not if they interrupt Capitol business.

Hill said lawmakers from both parties have been meeting over possible ways address demonstrators’ concerns, but worries pressing the issue, including by being arrested, may alienate potential allies and destroy any fragile agreement that might be reached.

“We’re trying to come up with ways to protect gay rights and religious freedoms,” Hill said. “If this is forced into a hearing and a vote, you’ll lock some lawmakers into a vote before a solution can be found.”

As they did during a similar demonstration earlier this month, protesters wore 'Add the Words IDAHO' t-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands.

Idaho's first openly gay lawmaker, former State Senator Nicole LeFavour participated in the protest, though she was not one of those jailed. She says that the protests will continue.

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Four Idaho Couples Ask Federal Judge to Strike Down State's Gay Marriage Ban Without a Trial

Four couples who filed suit in Idaho in November challenging the state's gay marriage ban have requested that the federal judge overseeing the lawsuit strike down the ban without a trial, saying the overwhelming rulings in other parts of the country make it clear that Idaho's ban violates the Constitution, the AP reports:

OtterGov. Otter (pictured) contends that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage are vital to the state's goal of creating "stable, husband-wife unions for the benefit of their children."

"Common sense and a wealth of social-science data teach that children do best emotionally, socially, intellectually and even economically when reared in an intact home by both biological parents," Otter's attorneys wrote in the court filing.

The women contend Otter's stance has no basis in reality and say the state's ban on gay marriage is nothing more than discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. After all, they argue, banning same-sex marriage and denying the children of same-sex couples the same legal protections given to children of married heterosexual couples does nothing to encourage heterosexual couples to procreate or become better parents.


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