Senate Republicans quickly kill Idaho 'Add the Words' gay rights bill

Republicans on the Senate State Affairs Committee declined Friday to introduce a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Idaho's human rights law. The law would extend protections in employment, housing, education and public accommodation.

The committee's two Democrats favored printing the bill, authored by committee member Edgar Malepeai of Pocatello, who was joined by Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum.

Malepeai took a long pause as he made his case for a public hearing on the bill, fighting back tears, and apologized to the committee for "my emotional breakdown."

Chairman Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, said no apology was necessary, and Sen. Chuck Winder, R-Boise, told Malepeai he appreciated his passion and expressed respect for Malepeai. McKenzie later said that had there been a roll call, he would have voted to introduce the bill. The measure died on a voice vote.

No public testimony was taken, which is the custom for hearings on bill introduction.

The vote was taken without debate.

About 300 proponents attended the hearing. After the short meeting ended, people placed about 30 sticky notes on the committee dais. Then then gathered in the hallway outside the committee room to sing "We Shall Overcome."

Earlier, McKenzie moved the hearing to accommodate the crowd. Before the meeting Sen. Nicole LeFavour, D-Boise, expressed skepticism that the crowd would convince McKenzie to move the hearing.

"They're not going to move it," she said.

After McKenzie announced the move, LeFavour said, "He's great. I don't expect him to be a bear about anything."

LeFavour is Idaho's only openly lesbian or gay lawmaker.

Live streaming of the hearing is
available on Idaho Public TV.

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it's past time

equal rights and dignity for all Idahoans/Americans!

Where's the dignity?

That's a far cry from dignity!

No surprise you would support bigotry.


Look up the definition of the word

first. Since when does non-support equal animosity?

When watching evil, non-support IS animosity.

Funny characterizations!

Love the far-reaching labels.


This is just keeping morals high in the state...THANK YOU LAWMAKERS, for voting this garbage down!

well you sure are

an ignorant, and mean, person.

How is that

ignorant or mean?


Because as we all know, Republicans here are such high examples of morality.


They're gay?

Hmm, never knew.

I think the two etc's are just really confused.


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Gee funny

Don't give up your day job.

It's good to know we have

It's good to know we have pious folks such as you to keep the rest of us on the "straight and narrow". Otherwise, we might take after Utah, where they have the highest nationwide use of internet sex. Or, elect famous "family values" candidate Newt 'the stud' Gingrich. or, my God forbid, fall for Mitt "I don't care about poor people" Romney.

Those certainly wouldn't be Christian acts.

High Morals?

Let's just say you are a Morman. Or a Catholic, or a Jew. I own an apartment building. I don't like Mormans, or Catholics or Jews. Think they are cultists, papists and vermin in that order. Is it Ok for me to not let you live there? Same thing. Wrong is wrong. It's simple. Like you.


Reeeeeaaaally? It's OK to discriminate against other humans? If you don't "approve" of the gay population there are two things you need to remember: 1. Your approval is not required, nor does it mean anything to anyone other than your biggoted self.
2. Gay people are people, and therefore are entitled under the law to be treated with equality.

You may wish to base your existance on an outdated mythology that, if you really put an ounce of reason to you would see is really just propaganda to control through fear, but it has no bearing on our laws. If you insist on being a biggot, at least own your ignorance.

Skip the B word. It's crap vs real work.


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Welcome to Idaho, welcome to the 19th century

If you're not white, straight and a millionaire, you're a second-class citizen in Idaho.


We really don't care if you're not a millionaire!

So you're racist too.....

That is not surprising.

His/her presence on here is a service to us all,

to remind us that these closed-minded, prejudicial attitdues are still alive in Idaho. They have no tolerance or appreciation for diversity; they call others immoral but they are the ones that are immoral in my opinion.

we've only been making fun of you all...thank you


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I cannot afford a freaking car.


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But our

legislators care. Whenever the state has a surplus, who gets their taxes reduced? Not you, not me, they go to our pampered millionaires.

Bear in mind, Idaho exists to make Mississippi look good.

Nobody cares if they're Idahoans. Nest


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19th century women are awesome


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Agreed, it's time 4 equal rights and dignity for all ID citizens

Idaho even protects sex offenders, making it a felony to stalk or harass a sex offender who is listed on the Idaho National sex offender data base. Yet, Idaho refuses to provide Idaho citizens who are gay, lesbian, bi, and transgender with equal rights and protections not afforded them by Idaho law - Idaho law makers refuse to add the words.

Idaho law makers do not fairly represent Idaho citizens and only take their money; and only serve the needs of those citizens and businesses who can provide them the big bucks. As bad as Utah is, it is starting to look okay compared to Idaho.

Are you a proponet of sex offender rights?

Are you a proponet of sex offender rights? Is that the implication? And you're wrong, it's only a misdemeanor for harassing a child molester in Idaho.
It seems as though the State does'nt want to protect anyone who is a sexual deviant. Most of this probably comes from our over-populated mormon legislature who is desperately trying to hide from their past. Wouldn't you agree?
I personally believe that gays should have the same liberties as any other human being, even if it is sick and wrong.
Gays and Child molesters, in your view are the same. Your comment "even protects sex offenders" really says that you think a gay is worse or only as good as child molester.

I believe if you stalk or harrass a homosexual

you would be guilty of a Federal hate crime.

That has nothing to do with what the "add the words" legislation covers.

Join Ugly at McDonalds and spot him any change?


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You're right. I was refering

You're right. I was refering to her remarks. Our legislators dropped the ball on this. I do believe in equal protection. That's ultimately what it is, right?

Does anyone know what a

cheeseburger and fries costs at McDonalds these days? All I have is $3.92 in pocket....


on whether you want the cheeseburger with or without the pink slime.

There is no PINK SAUCE on McDonald's CHEESEBURGERS

The BIG MAC doesn't have it either!


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might be a dumb question

what do they mean by gender identity?

transgender people

transgender people

Not a dumb question at all

While the vast majority of people look like and feel like male or female there is a gray area in the middle. Some who look male but in their mind they are female and vice versa. Others don't look or feel one way or the other. Because of this gray middle area scientists don't have a fool-proof way of identifing gender, old ways have fallen as more research has been done. Unfortunately people like to put things in nice little easy to identify labels and gender just isn't always that simple.

It doesn't require a scientist

to identify gender in humans, thank you very much.


The species is more complex than your comment suggests. There are people born with a wide variety of abnormal gender identification issues -- XXY chromosomes, male and female genitaliaj -- and a lot that is internal.

Meh, don't bother arguing

Meh, don't bother arguing science (especially genetics) with the Anti-Science Party.


The Primordial Soup Coalition.

Vs. Mothra


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Darwin speaks. You don't need a Ph.D kids.


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Do you need an example?

Remember "Pat" from Saturday Night Live?

(This is in reply to bone2pick.)

You do understand

SNL is not reality, correct?

It's in NYC and that's only half unreal.


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That's a point.


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C'mon Idaho... Join the 21st Century already

This continuing lack of legal support for the gay and lesbian section of society can only be due to either or both of two things: 1) homophobia, or 2) mixing personal religious beliefs with legislation. Either one of those factors is unacceptable in the modern world we live in. To those legislators involved with denying proper protections to individuals who are born as either gays or lesbians I say shame on you - "in the strongest possible terms" (to use your own politico-speak).

Since when

are "their" rights being denied?