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S-R: Coeur d'Alene May Be Next to 'Add the Words'

"I think it's needed, I think it's overdue, and it's simple equal rights."



Coeur d'Alene may join the list of cities to extend protections from discrimination to its LGBT community.

The Spokane Spokesman Review reports that an ordinance is being crafted by Coeur d'Alene officials that would outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. The measure is being drafted based on a similar ordinance that was adopted by the Boise City Council in December 2012.

Boise City Council Member Lauren McLean, who helped draft the Boise ordinance, said in December she was honored to "add the words."

"In front of a filled committee room, facing hundreds of people whose very lives will be impacted by our simple yet important step, we unanimously voted for equality in Boise," said McLean. Boise's law took effect January 1.

The Coeur d'Alene Council could consider the proposed measure as early as Tuesday, May 21.

The cities of Sandpoint and Moscow have passed similar ordinances.

"I think it's needed, I think it's overdue, and it's simple equal rights," Couer d'Alene Council Member Mike Kennedy told the Spokesman-Review. "We shouldn't be excluding any group or party from full participation and full protection under the law."

On March 20, a joint session of the Idaho House and Senate State Affairs committees heard impassioned pleas from citizens and activists to consider "Add the Words" legislation, but lawmakers refused the print a bill or hold a formal hearing on the matter, the latest in a series of snubs on the issue.


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