Saturday, March 8, 2014

ISU Decides to Add the Words

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

While another session of the Idaho Legislature has come and will (presumably) go without even holding a public hearing on any Add the Words measure, yet another Idaho entity has decided not to wait for lawmakers and will add the words on its own.

Under the headline "Where Legislators Fear to Tread," this morning's Idaho State Journal reports that Idaho State University's Affirmative Action Committee recently added the words "gender identity" to sexual orientation protections in its student and employee manuals.

The Affirmative Action Committee, made up of 10 ISU employees and students, crafted the university's nondiscrimination rules.

Meanwhile, the city of Pocatello will be putting a referendum before its voters on Tuesday, May 20 in regards to a recently adopted ordinance that prohibits discrimination against members of the LGBT community when it comes to employment, housing or public accommodations. But, as written, the May 20 referendum asks if voters want to repeal the ordinance. In other words, a "yes" vote would repeal the LGBT protections and a "no" vote would keep the protections in place.

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