Tribune: Lewiston Next Up to 'Add the Words'


Lewiston is the latest Idaho municipality to consider new antidiscrimination protections, based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

If approved, Lewiston would join Boise and Sandpoint in giving LGBT anf transgender city employees nondiscrimination guarantees. Moscow and Pocatello are also mulling similar measures.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Lewiston City Manager Jim Bennett has asked his employees to update the city policy.

"We don't discriminate in our hiring practices for any reason, so why not say so?" Bennett told the Tribune. "I wouldn't have proposed this if I didn't think it was the right direction for the city."

The revised city handbook is expected to come before the Lewiston City Council on Monday, Jan. 14.

On Dec. 5, the Boise City Council—in a 5-0 vote—enacted similar protections. Sandpoint also approved its own anti-discrimination ordinance and Pocatello is working toward the same goal.

The efforts came in the wake of the Idaho Legislature's failure to consider so-called "Add the Words" legislation. In fact, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee, on a strictly party-line vote, refused to even allow a hearing on the matter in February.