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Mad Otter Challenges Gay Coverage

Sunday’s three-page package exploring how the absence of civil rights protections for gays impacts business and Idaho’s image was sparked by Gov. Butch Otter’s challenging the assumption made in the Idaho Statesman’s Feb. 12 story that the Gem State has an “anti-gay reputation.” Seeing me in the Capitol’s first floor rotunda that day, Otter turned on his heels to tell me we were “dead wrong.” His impassioned statement prompted our decision to carefully vet the issue. The result was Zach Kyle’s Page 1 report on how business leaders view the controversy. Also on Page 1 was my story acknowledging the paucity of survey research and admitting that “Otter may be right” that no such reputation exists. Idaho, it turns out, is among 29 states whose anti-discrimination laws don’t cover lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people — the aim of the “Add the Words, Idaho” campaign/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho's approach to gay rights and "Add the Words" has registered much beyond state boundaries?

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