Press: Will Hayden, Idaho Be Next to Add the Words?


The North Idaho city of Hayden may be up next to Add the Words.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the possibility of extending anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual individuals was the topic of discussion at a recent Hayden Chamber of Commerce event. The bottom line, according to the Press, was that supporters of such an ordinance say it wouldn't harm local businesses if it was passed.

"The purpose of our government is to protect our rights," said Dan Gookin, a Coeur d'Alene City Council member, who was asked to address the Hayden group."It's the No. 1 thing."

Gookin, who voted for Add the Words legislation in Coeur d'Alene earlier this month, was joined on a panel of supporters and opponents of the legislation.

Among Idaho awmakers who have resisted statewide Add the Words legislation is Dalton Gardens Republican Sen. Steve Vick, who told the Hayden gathering, "My concern is that religious liberty is going to get pushed out."

But following the meeting, Hayden businessman Greg Jesberger, who owns an insurance firm, told the Press, "We're opposed to any type of discrimination in the work place or anywhere else. We supported that resolution."

To date, some of Idaho's largest municipalities—Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Ketchum, Moscow, Pocatello, Sandpoint and Twin Falls—have extended some LGBT non-discrimination protections.