Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tribune: Moscow Adds the Words, Following 'Procedural Folly'

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 9:15 AM

While another session of the Idaho Legislature has come and (nearly) gone without any action on Add the Words, yet another Idaho municipality has taken it upon itself to tackle discrimination.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the Moscow City Council voted unanimously April 1 to make it a misdemeanor to discriminate against a person—in employment or housing—because of their sexual orientation.

But the Tribune reports that the vote didn't come without a bit of tension.

Moscow Council member Dan Carscallen asked for the vote to be taken without any public comment.

"We've already received a volume of emails," said Carscallen. "Why do we need to hear more?"

But Moscow Mayor Nancy Chaney insisted that the ordinance get a full reading and the public should be able to comment once more.

"I think it's a slap in the face to the issue at hand to say, 'We just want to go home,'" Chaney told Carscallen.

But in the end, Carscallen won out with the unanimous vote being taken without any public comment.

The Tribune reports that Chaney said the "procedural folly" should not trivialize the achievement.

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