Hundreds of gay rights activists back at Idaho Statehouse

Hundreds of gay rights activists back at Idaho Statehouse

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Hundreds of gay rights activists back at Idaho Statehouse

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 6:35 PM

BOISE -- More than 200 gay rights demonstrators descended on the Idaho Capitol, with placard-holding, flag-bearing activists filling multiple rotunda floors as they sought again to convince Republican lawmakers to hold a hearing on a bill to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination.

Monday's showing was the largest this year at the Idaho Legislature.

But the group mixed without incident with other visitors to the Capitol, including representatives of Idaho's livestock industry and children promoting school choice.

There were no arrests or incidents.

Some demonstrators wore black-and-white "Add the Words Idaho" T-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands.

They want lawmakers to add four words, sexual orientation and gender identity, to Idaho law banning discrimination in employment, housing and business services.

Majority GOP lawmakers have declined to hold a hearing.

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