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Update: Idaho Falls OKs Anti-Bias Law

Updated version of story …

In the end, it came down to a situation Mayor Jared Fuhriman had experienced only once before. The vote Thursday night before a packed Idaho Falls City Council chamber was 3-3. Council members Kenneth Taylor, Ida Hardcastle and Sharon Parry voted in favor of passing the city's anti-discrimination ordinance to protect residents based on gender identity and sexual orientation in two areas: employment and housing. Council members Mike Lehto, Karen Cornwell and Thomas Hally voted against the measure, citing concerns about how this draft came before the council without a third element: public accommodation. Frankly, Fuhriman said, he was surprised it came down to this. The council still was in uncharted waters in some respects, he said/Christina Lords, Idaho Falls Post Register. More here.

Question: Some say that this ordinance protecting LGBT in the areas of transportation and employment isn't any better than no ordinance at all. Do you agree with them?


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