Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Arrested Members of Add The Words Make First Court Appearance

Posted By on Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 4:08 PM





Forty-one adult members of an effort to add the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights law arrested during demonstrations at the Idaho State Capitol earlier this year made their first appearances in court today to submit pleas. 



Among them was retired veteran Madelynn Taylor, about whom readers will learn in tomorrow's edition of Boise Weekly.



According to a press release, the charges stem from arrests made Feb. 3, during which demonstrators were charged with trespassing after blocking doors leading to the Idaho Senate chamber. Their case is being heard by Fourth Judicial Court Magistrate Tom Watkins. 



Several of those charged had been arrested multiple times during the legislative session for activities related to the Add the 4 Words demonstrations.



"Going into this we promised Idaho's gay and transgender youth that we wouldn't stop until their voices were heard. We weren't going to be deterred by the inconvenience of jail," stated Ty Carson in a press release. Carson had been arrested several times in connection to the movement. 



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