facebook
twitter
search
search

Gay rights protesters blockade Idaho Senate chamber

Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:37 PM

BOISE, Idaho, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Protesters who blockaded the Idaho Senate chamber to demand anti-discrimination protection for gays were arrested Monday morning.

The demonstration was a quiet one, the (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported. The 43 protesters stood in the doorways with hands over their mouths.

They wore T-shirts with the slogan "Add the Words, Idaho; Finally say cruelty to gay and transgender people is wrong."

State Police arrested 42 protesters before the Senate went into session at 11 a.m. They were given citations for misdemeanor trespass and released by noon.

Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour, a Boise Democrat, was not arrested. But after the session began, the Republican majority leader, Bart Davis, moved to suspend the rules that extend floor privileges to former Senate members on the grounds LeFavour was lobbying.

An "Add the words" amendment that would extend protection against discrimination in employment, accommodation and other areas has been introduced eight times in the Idaho Legislature and has never received a committee hearing.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Topics: State Police
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
North Korea officials defecting in fear of rising executions
North Korea: Airport terminal is 'new face' of country
Texas AG Ken Paxton facing first-degree felony fraud charges
Russia says published U.S. military plan is 'confrontational,' lacks objectivity
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say