Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, gave a stirring closing statement in support of the "Add the Words" bill. “I ask for your support for HB 2,” she told the House State Affairs Committee. “It’s fair, it’s just, and it’s worthy of your yes vote.” She said, “I know what it’s like to walk in fear and uncertainty," recalling growing up in Idaho as a fifth-generation African-American, whose family had a cross burned on their lawn after they moved into their home in the same neighborhood where she lies now. "I know what energy it takes to constantly be on guard. And I am proud to be your colleague. I am honored to serve the people of the state of Idaho to work hand in hand with you for the betterment of our state.”
Following her statement, Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, moved to hold the bill in committee. "We have come a long way," he said. "I think this very hearing has brought us a long, long, way. I wish every employer, I wish every landlord could have heard your stories, and I think they will, through this hearing, I think they will hear your stories. Do not despair. I think we will have legislation. I think because of this hearing and because of things that have happened this week, we will have legislation. Do not despair. Your concerns are legitimate, very legitimate. And people in Idaho, in the Legislature, have heard you and are hearing you." But he said he doesn't feel that HB 2 also protects religious freedom.