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SR Update: Anti-Bias Law OK’d 5-1

On her Facebook page, Cathleen Schnur O'Connor posts this photo of demonstrators from both sides outside the Coeur d'Alene City Council meeting in which the controversial antidiscrimination ordinance is still being discussed at 11:14 tonight:

Originally posted 11:43 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene, a community that stood up to the racist Aryan Nations and has established a tradition of celebrating human rights, is the latest Idaho city to extend legal protection from discrimination to gay people. Following more than three hours of heartfelt testimony, the City Council voted 5-1 late Tuesday night to add sexual orientation to the city’s anti-discrimination law. Councilman Steve Adams opposed the change, which will take effect within the week. The vote shortly before midnight capped a long night of clashing testimony touching on morality, religious freedom, civil rights and equal protection under the law. Hundreds of people packed the meeting room at the city library, and dozens testified on the proposed change, most of them urging the council to vote no/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: I was surprised by the margin of the vote, thinking it would be 4-2 or 4-3 in favor. How about you?

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