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‘Add the Words’ protesters ring rotunda, tell their stories

"Add the Words" protesters ring the state Capitol rotunda on Thursday, each in turn telling their stories of discrimination. (Betsy Russell)

About 35 Add the Words protesters are ringing the 3rd floor Statehouse rotunda today, each in turn telling their stories of discrimination and why they're involved with the movement, while the others stand with their hands covering their mouths. The voices are ringing down through the Capitol rotunda. Later, the protesters all began reading their stories at once and repeatedly, creating a loud cacophony.

The protesters want the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" added to the Idaho Human Rights Act, to ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on those factors.

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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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