Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Council Votes 5-1 to Add the Words

Posted By on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

The photo in this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press shows a standing room-only crowd packing the Coeur d'Alene Public Library—the scene of last night's Coeur d'Alene City County meeting.

And the Press headline says it all: "Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Approved."

The council voted 5-1 to extend anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in areas of employment and housing. The ordinance is similar to ordinances already in place in Boise, Ketchum, Moscow and Sandpoint.

The Coeur d'Alene Council vote came after four hours of testimony on the issue.

“This is a huge victory,” Tony Stewart, Coeur d'Alene Human Rights Task Force on Human Relations member, told the Press. “I’m absolutely elated this evening because the Coeur d’Alene City Council did what we’ve been doing for 30 years now—standing up against discrimination.”

The Press reports that nearly 400 people packed inside the library to testify and/or witness the landmark vote.

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