The words added up to sentences when more than 190 arrests took place in February 2014 during demonstrations by Add the Words advocates who want to see the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" added to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Adding the words would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination by landlords, business owners and employers. In July, each of those arrested in the Statehouse were charged with trespassing and sentenced to community service. Despite this being the ninth year of protests, the Idaho legislative session came and went without so much as a public hearing to add the words. Maybe next year. Or the year after that. Or the year after that. In another courtroom drama, Idaho inched closer to joining progressive states in legalizing same-sex marriage--after four lesbian couples sued the state for the right to marry and won--but Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter quickly asked for a temporary stay and appealed the ruling. Otter is prepared to spend $1 million to defend the Idaho gay-marriage ban, which, after a hearing in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in September, might go all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.
'The train has left the station'
by Harrison Berry on September 10, 2014
Add the Words protesters speak out in the courtroom
by Jessica Murri on July 23, 2014
by Jessica Murri on July 21, 2014
Vet sues Idaho in state's latest skirmish over LGBT rights
by George Prentice on July 9, 2014
Idaho same-sex couples will have to wait to argue their case again before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
by George Prentice on May 21, 2014
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