The Bellevue City Council unanimously approved an ordinance June 15 that will make it illegal to discriminate against members of the LGBT community in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations—with the exception of some rental housing.
Bellevue City Attorney Richard Allington told Boise Weekly that the idea for the nondiscrimination ordinance came from a group of school children who presented a proposed NDO to the City Council, which then directed Allington to draft the measure. He said he looked at other NDOs across the state, and ultimately based Bellevue's on a similar ordinance in nearby Hailey.
"I think they're all about the same," Allington said of Idaho's NDOs.
In 2014, Boise Weekly took an in-depth look at Idaho cities' nondiscrimination ordinances, including how they came to be enacted and the exceptions included in the protections. Some ordinances, like Bellevue's, don't cover some rental housing. In Pocatello, no one is required to provide bathroom, locker room or similar facilities that are not separated by gender, and public accommodations are not covered in Idaho Falls.
Earlier this year, legislators considered adding "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the Gem State's 1960s-era human rights law, though after three days of public testimony, the House State Affairs Committee voted against sending the bill to the full House for consideration.