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It took the better part of a decade for advocates of the LGBT community to finally land a hearing before the Idaho Legislature, where they could at last express the importance of adding the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Doing so would protect the LGBT community from discrimination in the workplace, in housing and public accommodations. In late January, the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly 22 hours of testimony from almost 200 people, the vast majority in favor of the bill that would 'Add the Words.' After only minutes of discussion, the committee voted the bill down 13-4, along party lines. As always, better luck next year.

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