John M. Becker

Arrests Mount in Idaho as Pro-LGBT Protests Continue

Filed By John M. Becker | March 04, 2014 12:45 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Butch Otter, housing protections, Idaho, workplace discrimination, workplace protections

butch-otter-idaho.jpgFor several weeks now, equality advocates in Idaho have protested the state's years-long refusal to protect LGBT people from workplace and housing discrimination. They've blocked the entrance to the Senate chambers, swarmed the state capitol building by the hundreds... and today, they took their demonstrations to the office of the (Republican) governor himself.

Twenty-three of them were arrested as a result.

The Associated Press reports:

Twenty-three gay rights activists have been arrested after blocking the entrance to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office inside the Idaho Statehouse, the latest in a string of arrests related to protests over attempts to add anti-discrimination protections to Idaho law.

Police say four were charged with trespass, 18 with unlawful assembly and 1 with resisting arrest.

The arrests started Tuesday morning after protesters refused to leave.

The group wants protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation included in the Idaho Human Rights Act, but Republican leaders have declined to hold a hearing on the issue.

According to the AP, over 140 people have been arrested so far this year during pro-equality protests in Idaho.

Well done, equality warriors!

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