Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pocatello's Latest 'Non-Discrimination' Proposal Includes Bathroom Discriminations

Posted By on Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:38 AM

The Pocatello City Council, which rejected an Add the Words ordinance April 18 after being lobbied from The Heritage Foundation to nix the anti-discrimination protections, will take up a separate version of the proposed law tonight, but the latest proposal includes a controversial amendment concerning the use of public restrooms.

Add the Words legislation, which extends anti-discrimination protections to gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual individuals, have been passed in Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Ketchum, Moscow and Sandpoint.

But the latest proposed ordinance in Pocatello would make it illegal to enter a bathroom that does not correspond with the gender marker on your state-issued ID. Simply put, someone could ask you for your driver's license before you use the bathroom.

Additionally, businesses with fewer than five employees, organizations that employ people for religious purposes and housing where the unit is a duplex or when a room is rented by a family living in the same home would all be exempt from non-discrimination enforcement.

Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, who cast the decided vote in April, killing the original measure, told Pocatello Television station KPVI that "he is content with the exceptions that are now included but he isn't sure that all members of the city council are."

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