John M. Becker

Dozens of LGBT Activists Arrested in Idaho Protest

Filed By John M. Becker | February 03, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Boise, housing protections, Idaho, Nicole LeFavour, workplace discrimination, workplace protections

idaho-protests.jpgPolice in Boise, Idaho have arrested 43 LGBT activists for blocking the entrance to the Idaho Senate chambers in protest of the state's years-long refusal to protect LGBT people from workplace and housing discrimination.

The AP reports:

Former state senator Nicole LeFavour, the Idaho Legislature's first openly gay lawmaker and an organizer of the protest, had said the group would block the entrances until lawmakers agreed to take up a bill adding protections for gay and transgender people to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

If lawmakers "get a bill through committee, we would let them in to do their work," LeFavour, a Democrat, said before she and the others were arrested.

The arrests began after Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill tried to enter the chamber about 11 a.m. but was blocked, police said...

The demonstrators wore "Add the Words Idaho" T-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands, a symbolic gesture intended to call attention to a bill adding workplace and housing protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals to state law.

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

Protesters, who ranged in age from high schoolers to senior citizens, had blocked lawmakers from entering the senate chambers for over two hours when the arrests started.

Kudos to these equality warriors for standing up for justice!

Photo: Twitter user @davlinnews

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