Sunday, July 21, 2013

Press-Tribune: Caldwell, Nampa Officials Not Anxious to Add the Words

Posted By on Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM

While some of Idaho's largest municipalities—including Boise, Coeur d'Alene, Lewiston, Ketchum, Moscow, Pocatello, Sandpoint and Twin Falls—have extended some LGBT nondiscrimination protections, officials in Nampa and Caldwell aren't making any plans to Add the Words.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that two Caldwell City Council members, Terrence Biggers and Mike Pollard, said they would support such an anti-discrimination ordinance but Biggers added, "it's not government's role to initiate such a move."

Meanwhile at Nampa City Hall, Council Members Stephen Kren and Bob Henry said they would prefer instead to "follow the state's lead," and a spokesperson for Nampa Mayor Tom Dale told the Press-Tribune that the mayor "does not see the need for such an ordinance because all Idahoans' rights are already guaranteed."

But Melissa Sue Robinson, who has announced her candidacy to challenge Dale in this November's election, disagrees, and has asked the Nampa City Council to take up the issue at its Monday, Aug. 5, meeting.

“I’ve talked to other people in the LGBT community,” Robinson told the Press-Tribune. “If you walk up to them and say there’s no discrimination in Nampa, they laugh.”

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