Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Council Will Vote Tonight on Whether to Add the Words

Posted By on Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

The Coeur d'Alene City Council will take up its own Add the Words ordinance tonight. The measure, which would provide anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in areas of employment and housing, is similar to ordinances already in place in Boise, Ketchum, Moscow and Sandpoint.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that two Coeur d'Alene council members have already said they support the ordinance while two other council members oppose it. The remaining two city lawmakers—Council Members Deanna Goodlander and Wood McEvers—are still uncommitted. Goodland said she was "conflicted" and McEvers hasn't publicly weighed in on the issue.

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem, who will only vote to break a tie, has already said that she's in favor.

"it's a historical moment," Tony Stewart, member of the city's Human Rights Task Force on Human Relations told the Press. "I'm very, very pleased with the direction we're headed."

Goodlander told the Press that she had received more than 100 letters from opponents to the ordinance and that she would prefer that "the city slow down and look at all the other ordinances out there, not just adopt Boise's version now."

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