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Mon., Nov. 11, 2013, 8:46 a.m.

Risch, Crapo Explain Anti-Bias Vote

When the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 last week in favor of legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, 10 Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two independents to support the bill, but Idaho’s two senators both voted against it. “Number one, this is a state’s rights issue,” Idaho Sen. Jim Risch said. “Number two, this bill made insufficient provisions for employers who have First Amendment constitutional protections to exercise their religious beliefs.” The bill, which would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, included an exemption for religious organizations/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think the explanation provided by Idaho's U.S. senators is reasonable?




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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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