Idaho Democrats Vow To Continue Anti-Discrimination Fight

Jan 24, 2014

Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Backers of the "Add the Words" campaign promised to continue the push to ban discrimination against gays, even as the likelihood of winning in the Legislature fades.

Boise Democratic Rep. Grant Burgoyne said Thursday he had been informed by House and Senate Republicans that they would block the proposal from reaching a hearing.

The group has been embroiled in an eight-year fight to include "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" in the Idaho Human Rights Act, which bars discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin and disability.

Rexburg Republican Senate leader Brent Hill said he and other Republican leaders think the 2014 session is the wrong time for a hearing. He wants to wait until court cases on gay marriage in several states— including Idaho -- are settled.