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Tue., March 4, 2014, 1:15 p.m.

Otter: Protesters Hurting Their Cause

Reacting to Tuesday morning's blockade of his office, Gov. Butch Otter said gay rights advocates may be compromising highway safety and costing taxpayers by delaying the Legislature's targeted March 21 adjournment. Otter said he understands the frustration of those who can't get a hearing in the Legislature on a bill that would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the civil rights protections in the Idaho Human Rights Act. But Otter said the fourth spate of arrests by protesters at the Capitol raises questions that may erode public support. "I always understand the frustration," Otter replied Tuesday morning to a question from KIVI's Mike Sharp. "But that's not the question here now. The question here now is are they starting to hurt their own cause?/Dan Popkey, Katie Moeller, Brent Boyer, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Is Gov. Otter right? Are the Add the Words protesters hurting their cause with continued demonstrations and arrests?

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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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