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BOISE — Lawmakers, advocates and religious leaders gathered in Boise Friday to discuss Idaho’s approach to protecting LGBT residents, just two days after Senate leadership said an “Add the Words” bill won’t get a hearing this year.

Idaho Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, said Wednesday the group working on an “Add the Words” bill needs more time to reach a compromise that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, yet doesn’t infringe on religious rights.

Erin Bamer is the city of Nampa reporter. Contact her at 208-465-8193, or ebamer@idahopress.com. Follow on Twitter @ErinBamer.

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