Organizers Hope Effort To Change Idaho’s Human Rights Act “Sticks”
The backers of a move to add "sexual orientation and gender identity" to Idaho's Human rights law will kicked off their efforts this morning with a press conference in Boise.
The addition would protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender individuals and those perceived as being gay from being fired or from loosing their housing simply because of the orientation or gender identity.
This year organizers are taking a page from their playbook during the last legislative session and are asking Idahoans to tell lawmakers they support the move in the form of sticky notes which will be posted in the Capital during the 2012 session.
A statewide poll found 63 percent of Idahoans believe it should be illegal to fire an employee because of sexual orientation. Cody hafer grew up in the Twin Falls area. He tells news radio 1310 klix that adding the words would mean that more Idahoans would have a safer and higher quality of life.
The campaign will kick off tonight here in the Magic Valley area during a National Coming out Day candlelight vigil to be held at the Twin Falls county courthouse at 7:30 to 8:30 PM. You can also find out more at www.addthewords.org.