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Testimony: ‘It’s going to affect our churches, our businesses, our bathrooms’

More testimony from tonight’s hearing on HB 2, the non-discrimination bill regarding sexual orientation and gender identity:

Sisto Zavala, a pastor, told the committee, “It’s going to affect our churches, it’s going to affect our businesses, our bathrooms. It’s going to affect that.” He said, “I don’t want to … go to jail because I don’t want to marry someone that’s not male and female, because that’s what it’s going to,” and added, “Who’s going to want to start a business? That puts you in fear of not wanting to start a business. Because if I say no, I’m automatically going to get sued and I’m going to get shut down.”

Donna Young said, “Adding the words will do more harm than good. … It’s not good for anyone, not the state, not even the homosexual. … That lifestyle is an abomination. … When you legalize one perversion, more follow. An example is abortion. … When is it going to stop? It’s got to stop? … We all must repent. … We must love God and Jesus above anything.”

Kirsten Faith Richardson told the lawmakers, “There is a reason why God has told us we shouldn’t do certain things. We get a pretty immediate consequence for when we are sexually immoral. We have over 200 sexually transmitted diseases now. Now that’s a pretty scary number.”

So far this evening, in two hours, 15 people have testified, 10 against the bill and five in favor.

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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