Faith Groups Buy Billboards Supporting HB 002 "Add the Words"

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A raw image of billboards across Idaho urging support of HB 002, the "Add the Words" bill.  - INTERFAITH ALLIANCE OF IDAHO
  • Interfaith Alliance of Idaho
  • A raw image of billboards across Idaho urging support of HB 002, the "Add the Words" bill.

HB 002, the "Add the Words" bill, is already one of the most visible currently being considered by the 2015 Idaho Legislature. Now it's even more prominent after a coalition of Idaho faith organizations purchased billboards across the state urging lawmakers "to protect our gay and transgender family members."

Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, Interfaith Equality Coalition and Liberating Spirit-Metropolitan Community Church, have purchased billboards at three locations in the Treasure Valley—eastbound on the I-84 connector at the River Street exit, on the corner of Fairview and Maple Grove roads and on Caldwell Boulevard west of Karcher Road in Nampa—as well as in Lewiston and Pocatello.

In a press release, the faith groups expressed a belief that the bill includes "adequate religious exemptions," referring to some critics' concerns that adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the state's human rights law (effectively banning discrimination based on these criteria in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations) would infringe on their religious beliefs. 

"No one's rights, including those provided for in our state's constitution regarding religious faith, liberty, and worship, should ever inflict harm upon or jeopardize the safety or well-being of another individual," according to the release.