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Gay-rights activists cited for trespassing at Idaho Statehouse

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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 9:39 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gay-rights activists occupied the three entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers, vowing to stay until lawmakers pass a bill adding discrimination protections to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

More than three dozen protesters stood shoulder to shoulder just outside the chamber Monday morning.

They wore "Add the Words Idaho" t-shirts and covered their mouths with their hands.

KBOI-TV2 reported the protesters were given a five-minute warning to leave before Idaho State Police began arresting the protesters. They were issued trespassing citations and released.

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, a Rexburg Republican, says he's told his members to remain outside the chambers until the protesters had vacated the entrances, to avoid a conflict.

They're due to convene on the Senate floor at 11 a.m.

For eight years, gay-rights activists have sought workplace and housing protections afforded other groups by Idaho law.

Idaho Republicans have blocked such measures.

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  • John Bujak posted at 6:28 pm on Mon, Feb 3, 2014.

    John Bujak Posts: 44

    The Idaho Government has slapped all military veterans in the face with its actions today! We who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces swore an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We fought so that people like the "Add the Words" protesters would be guaranteed their constitutional right to free speech. The people have rights, and I am furious! See my blog for more: johnbujak.blogspot.com

     
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