Press-Tribune: Add the Words to Resurface in 2013 Legislature


Advocates expect a 2013 version of "Add the Words" to surface in the current session of the Idaho Legislature.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that in the wake of Boise and Sandpoint's city ordinances to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, proponents of a statewide measure want another crack at Idaho legislators who, in 2012, shot down the proposed legislation.

“It could be there’s a little more willingness to stand up and vote their conscience,” Add the Words spokesperson Mistie Tolman told the Press-Tribune. “We do have a lot of hope. It does seem a lot of the legislators think people shouldn’t be fired for being gay.”

Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb said she's prepared to introduce a new Add the Words bill during the current session.

“It makes good business sense to have a community that’s welcome to the best and the brightest,” Buckner-Webb told the Press-Tribune.