Dozens of Add the Words Demonstrators Arrested at Idaho State Capitol

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Add the Words demonstrators in the Idaho House chamber prior to their arrest - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Add the Words demonstrators in the Idaho House chamber prior to their arrest

During a March 2 demonstration at the Idaho State Capitol, 21 advocates for adding "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights code were placed under arrest for trespassing when they assembled in the Idaho House and Senate chambers.

10 demonstrators were removed from the Senate chamber and 11 were removed from the House chamber; but 18 were taken to the Ada County Jail for processing, while two juveniles and one disabled person—Madelyn Taylor—were cited and released. 

According to a statement released by Add the Words representatives, the demonstrations wouldn't end until "serious consideration was given to a bill to add the four words into Idaho law."

A bill to address employment, housing and public accommodations discrimination against LGBT people, HB2, failed in the House State Affairs Committee in February, with hundreds of members of the public testifying both in favor and against the bill. Demonstrators said that they continue to work with lawmakers on a "compromise" bill, but there has been no word yet on whom they're working with in the legislature or how a new bill would differ from HB2.