Add the Words Hearings Begin 8 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at Idaho Statehouse


It will be a very early wake-up call Monday morning, Jan. 26, for Add the Words activists. But it's something they've been waiting nine years to set the alarm clock for. They're hoping to wake up enough Idaho legislators next week to add the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

The Idaho House State Affairs Committee, chaired by Iona Republican Rep. Tom Loertscher has already set aside all of Monday's and Tuesday's meetings for the hearing. Loertscher said he's prepared to carry over into Wednesday if necessary.

Madelynn Taylor, the Idaho veteran who waged a battle to see the ashes of her late same-sex spouse interred at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, said she's planning to be one of the first in line speak before the committee.

"I'll be here [at the Idaho Statehouse] Monday morning as soon as the doors open to get my name on that list for the hearing," Taylor told Boise Weekly.

Taylor was also one of the dozens of Idaho LGBT advocates to be arrested in 2014 during a string of protests at the Statehouse in last year's effort to get an Add the Words hearing. 

The House State Affairs Committee is slated to gavel into session at 8 a.m. Monday, and for those who can't make it to the Statehouse, they'll be able to follow the proceedings live through the Idaho in Session Legislature Live service on the Legislature's website. The service is provided by Idaho Public Television.