An Idaho Senate committee voted 6-2 this morning to introduce legislation to extend Idaho’s anti-discrimination laws to cover sexual orientation. If enacted, the bill would make Idaho the 21st state to make that change. Legislative sponsors, who include both Republicans and Democrats, say the issue is not homosexuality – it’s discrimination. “It’s about due process, where everyone’s rights are protected,” said lead sponsor Sen. Tim Corder, R-Mountain Home. Idaho’s current human rights law, enacted in 1968, bans discrimination in employment, housing and places of public accommodation based on race, sex, religion, color or national origin, but doesn’t cover sexual orientation. You can read my full story here at spokesmanreview.com.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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