Hundreds attend "Add the Words" rally at Statehouse

Hundreds attend "Add the Words" rally at Statehouse

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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Posted on January 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 22 at 3:43 PM

BOISE -- Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the Capitol in an effort to get sexual orientation and gender identity added to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

"Add The Words" is a volunteer group, that has campaigned for several years to make discriminating against a person's gender identity and sexual orientation illegal in Idaho. The issue has been pushed, unsuccessfully, in the statehouse for several years.

In addition to several speakers, local music star Curtis Stigers performed at the rally. Folks said they hope the rally helps make their voices heard, and urges the legislature to act.

"We know that we will be victorious," said Representative Grant Burgoyne. "And that one day soon the good people of this great state will in recognizing the justice of our cause, have their representatives bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity."

One of the organizers cited a poll that says 81 percent of Idahoans feel it should be illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Although efforts to add the words have been unsuccessful in the legislature, several cities, including Boise, Sandpoint, and Coeur d'Alene have passed their own ordinances.

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