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Tue., April 23, 2013, 5:17 p.m.

Lake City To Mull Ban On Gay Bias

Councilman Mike Kennedy tells Huckleberries Online that he will introduce a Coeur d'Alene ordinance that would ban discrimination against gays in Coeur d'Alene. The ordinance, which will be patterned after one in Boise, will be introduced at the noon meeting Monday, May 13, of the General Services Committee, which Kennedy chairs. Kennedy said he would like to see the matter taken before the council later in May. He said he had decided to go ahead with the ordinance after the 2013 Idaho Legislature refused to give fair hearing to the "Add the Words" campaign, which would have made Idaho the 34th state to adopt anti-discrimnation laws protecting gays. Four Idaho cities have adopted similar resolutions -- Boise, Moscow, Sandpoint and Ketchum. The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations had approached the city earlier this year with the proposal to adopt the anti-discrimination law. Mayor Sandi Bloem put Kennedy in charge of the process.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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