Sunday, March 22, 2015: “Add the Words – Why is this so Hard?”

Host/Presenter: Don Morishita

In January of this year’s legislative session, a hearing was finally held after 9 years of attempts by supporters of “Add the Words” to determine whether HB2 would advance to the state House for a vote to determine whether the four words ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ would be added to Idaho’s Human Rights Bill.
After three days of hearing testimony, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee voted 13-4 to not move the bill beyond the committee so that it could not be voted on by the legislature.

Why are there people who oppose this for religious reasons? How many hide behind religious or morality convictions to express their bigotry? Will Idaho ever be willing to provide equal rights to members of the LGBT community? What else can be done to ensure a new bill will be introduced and more importantly passed in the 2016 legislative session?

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