For the better part of a decade, the Add the Words movement has struggled to get Idaho legislators to consider adding "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the state's 1960s-era human rights law. But tonight, that movement will score an unprecedented victory when the House Ways and Means Committee introduces a bill that will do just that.
The hearing was announced this afternoon by House Speaker Scott Bedke, who said that the committee will hear the bill at 5 p.m. It will be presented by House Minority Leader John Rusche. Bedke also said that a full hearing will be scheduled for the week of Monday, Jan. 26.