Boise City Council Forum

Taylor Thornton, left, and Jon Nicholes, right, both of Boise, hold hands as they listen to testimonies at the public hearing for the City of Boise’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Idaho Statehouse.

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BOISE — The Boise City Council unanimously approved a nondiscrimination ordinance for the city of Boise Tuesday evening.

“... Big win for equality in Boise,” the city tweeted Tuesday.

The ordinance, proposed by Council President Maryanne Jordan and Council member Lauren McLean, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in employment, housing and places of public accommodation in the city.

There are exceptions for religious corporations, associations, education institutions and societies. The U.S. Government and state of Idaho and any of their departments or agencies except the city of Boise are also exempt.

During a packed public hearing on the ordinance in November, the Council heard from 60 people that supported it and 12 opposed.

The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2013.

Read the full ordinance here.

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