Most Idaho Lawmakers Decline Invitation to Human Rights Discussion
Source: Boise Weekly
Idaho lawmakers had the opportunity to learn why nearly 80 percent of Idahoans support adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s Human Rights Act at a Statehouse panel discussion Wednesday. Most lawmakers declined the invitation but a crowd of human rights supporters learned what adding the words means to Idaho.
The panel’s business leaders said anti-discrimination laws could boost the bottom line. A local pastor aligned equality with the teachings of Jesus Christ. And elected officials explained why the majority of Idahoans support adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act.
Collectively, the panel implored the absent lawmakers to, “Do the right thing.”
“Until all of us are free, none of us are free,” said panelist Rev. Marci Glass of Southminster Presbyterian Church.