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Small musical flash mob backs ‘Add the Words’ with Statehouse harmonies

A five-member musical flash mob fills a Statehouse corridor with harmonies Friday in an
A five-member musical flash mob fills a Statehouse corridor with harmonies Friday in an "Add the Words" protest, backing anti-discrimination protections for gays. GOP leaders have declined to hear the bill this year. (Betsy Russell)

Five “Add the Words” supporters staged an impromptu musical flash mob in the garden level hallway of the state Capitol this morning, gathering with guitar, tambourine and music stand to sing in five-part harmony Nik Kershaw’s ‘80s song, “Wouldn’t it be good.” As the five sang their hearts out, two held up various signs with hand-written messages opposing the pending bill to protect professionals who deny service to others on religious grounds, and backing adding protections from discrimination for gays to the Idaho Human Rights Act. That measure is dubbed “Add the Words” by backers because it would add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the types of discrimination banned in Idaho.

The song’s chorus asks, “Wouldn't it be good to be in your shoes, even if it was for just one day? Wouldn't it be good if we could wish ourselves away? Wouldn't it be good to be on your side? The grass is always greener over there. Wouldn't it be good if we could live without a care?”

Brian Topaz of Boise said he’s concerned that the “Add the Words” bill has been proposed for eight years without success. “We’re trying to make politicians realize that it’s about time,” he said. “It has nothing to do with marriage equality. If the Republicans see fit to protect religious institutions, what about our rights?” Asked if the group had rehearsed before its Statehouse musical performance, Jen Potcher said, “We sing karaoke together.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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