Public Roundtable Event Slated Prior to 2013 Statehouse Introduction of Add the Words


In the just-published issue of Boise Weekly, we share an extended conversation with Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, who is poised to co-sponsor a 2013 version of Add the Words.

"People across the state have been working diligently to get the words 'sexual orientation' and 'gender identity' included in the human-rights legislation," Buckner-Webb told BW. "Some folks assume it's an agenda. It's not. It's about seeing that rights are approved for everyone."

But in preparation, Buckner-Webb, along with Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne, will announce Friday morning that they will be hosting a panel discussion on new legislation that they call the Idaho Human Rights Act.

"We have legislation that has been reviewed by a number of stakeholders," said Buckner-Webb. "Routing slips have been done, but the first step is to hear the will of the people. We want to open up those discussions with academics and business and religious leaders."

The panel discussion is expected to include representatives of the faith, business, political and human rights communities.

Joining Buckner-Webb and Burgoyne at Friday's announcement will be Mistie Tolman, spokesperson for the Add the Words effort.