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Edit: Idaho Has Anti-Gay Reputation

Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter’s protest nothwithstanding, Idaho does have an anti-gay reputation. If you doubt it, consider the governor’s reaction to this Feb. 12 Idaho Statesman headline: “Otter says Idaho’s anti-gay reputation is not hurting business.” The headline referred to Otter’s comments to the Idaho Press Club. “I do not accept the premise,” Otter told the Statesman’s Dan Popkey. “Idaho does not have an anti-gay reputation is what I’m saying! You guys are dead wrong on that.” Listen for yourself: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeiKuMJXob8&sns=em) As the newspaper conceded, nobody has polled the rest of the nation about how it perceives the Gem State. But it’s not for a lack of effort that Idaho has acquired its image/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

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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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