Eye On Boise

MONDAY, FEB. 3, 2014, 9:12 A.M.

‘Add the Words’ protesters block all entrances to the Senate chambers

"Add the Words" protesters block entrances to the Idaho Senate on Monday morning (Betsy Russell)

More than 40 silent “Add the Words” protesters are now blocking all entrances to the Senate chambers, plus another small group that’s standing outside in front of the Capitol; police cars are now lined up outside the Capitol along Jefferson Street. One protester who was asked how far she’s willing to take the protest, answered, while keeping her hand over her mouth, “Boot ‘em all out of office and find someone who’ll listen, I guess.”

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said he had no comment on the protest, in which the protesters are pushing for consideration of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the Idaho Human Rights Act’s prohibitions on discrimination. Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said, “It’s their legal right to be here.”

The Senate is scheduled to convene today at 11 a.m.; that's now about 45 minutes away.

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Betsy Z. Russell
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