Add The Words Group Warns of LGBT Discrimination After Defeat of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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In the wake of an historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Idaho, Add the Words, the group advocating for adding "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights law, is reminding same-sex couples that the state has yet to provide workplace, public accommodations and housing protections to LGBT people.

"These newly married couples are starting to wear their wedding rings to work. Many will put photos of their spouse, their wedding ceremony, and their families on their desks. They will show up hand in hand to look at a house for sale or rent. Unfortunately, in Idaho it's completely legal to fire someone or refuse them housing simply because they are gay—or appear to be gay," wrote Add the Words spokesman Cindy Gross in a press release.

While that's not precisely true—eight cities across the state have nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people against those forms of discrimination—such civil rights protections do not extend past city limits, nor are those rights uniform in all of the cities that have passed NDOs. And where no NDO is in effect, it's legal to discriminate against people based on LGBT status. 

The Add the Words Campaign indicated that it fully expects that during the upcoming legislative session, "the Idaho Legislature will do as Gov. [C.L. "Butch"] Otter and former Gov. [Phil] Batt have suggested—print a bill, hold a testimony hearing on 'Add the Words' and sign it into law."