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Wed., Feb. 5, 2014, 11:17 a.m.

Testimony: ‘Literally hundreds of people came here to testify this morning’

Roughly 40 people have testified to the House State Affairs Committee this morning on HB 427, all opposing the bill, with just two exceptions, both representatives of the Cornerstone Family Institute. Peter Mundt told the lawmakers, “I wish you could have seen the faces that were here this morning,” including those who filled hallways and overflow rooms. “There were literally hundreds of people that came here to testify this morning ... the vast majority of them ... rising in opposition to this bill,” he said. “The city of Boise ... worked hard to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in our city. … We have a deep fear that this very ill-timed, ill-worded legislation would undo the protections that those ordinances have afforded those from the gay lesbian bisexual transgender community.”

Lisa Sanchez told the committee, “There’s so many things going on in our state and our country that make life really, really hard. This is a distraction … I encourage you not to spend any more time on this sort of legislation.”

Madelyn “Lee” Taylor said, “I’m speaking as a deacon of my church, as a citizen of the United States. I’ve served in the Navy,” and for decades as an EMT in the Treasure Valley. “I’ve served both my country and my state, but I’ve been discriminated against by the state,” she said, “when they refused to bury me in the veterans’ cemetery with my wife. This law is just one more piece of discrimination, that’s all I’ve got to say. Please don’t pass it.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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