Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Press-Tribune: Add the Words Movement Comes to Caldwell

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

LGBT advocates stood before the Caldwell City Council Monday to ask that their Canyon County city become the latest Idaho community to "add the words."

Just last week, the small town of Victor became the eighth Idaho city to approve nondiscrimination protections to members of the LGBT community, saying that people could not be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. To date, Boise, Ketchum, Pocatello and other cities have passed add the words legislation in the shadow of the Idaho Legislature's refusal to take up the matter, even in a public hearing.

And this morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that members of the LGBT community came before the Caldwell City Council to pass its own ordinance.

"Mr. Mayor and honorable council, this is not a request for special rights, just equal rights," said Caldwell resident Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln, adding that while much of the add the words advocacy had been happening in Ada County, she would "like to have the protection done in the city and county she lives in," according to the Press-Tribune.

The Caldwell City Council has yet to schedule a full public hearing on the matter.


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