Idahoans have been working for nine years — 3,285 days — just to get a hearing to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

78-percent

A 2011 poll by the ACLU found 78% of Idahoans would accept legal recognition for gay and transgender people that would protect them from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.

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Ten Idaho cities already protect their citizens from discrimination.

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Twenty-one states protect their citizens from discrimination.

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“(In 2012), a near-capacity crowd numbering around 300 in (the Lincoln) auditorium erupted in tears and disbelief after Senate Republicans rejected even considering the Human Rights Act changes.”
— Associated Press

6-to-1

Six to one, the vote in the House Ways and Means Committee approving a full hearing of House Bill 2, to Add the Words. House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley) monitored the proceedings. The State Affairs Committee listened to nearly 21 hours of testimony.

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The time the State Affairs Committee reconvenes on Thursday, Jan 29 for debate and a vote.

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