Add the Words, Idaho Plans Silent Protest and Candlelight Vigil at GOP Lincoln Day Dinner

When the Republican majority of the Senate State Affairs committee voted not to print a bill that would amend Idaho’s human rights act, many thought the issue was over for the session.

It turns out that wasn’t the case.  In the weeks following the hearing those pushing for the  legislation have continued placing sticky notes on state house doors, they’ve met with signs at political events and they’ve silently protested in order to let the Senate leadership know that, for the LGBT community at least, the issue is still very much on the table.

The community has been trying to gain a public hearing for the bill for the past six years.  Despite positing hundreds of sticky notes from citizens across Idaho, as well as heavy turn out at rallies in 14 cities during a day of action last month, GOP lawmakers once again told the community, “no”.

When supporters gather at the high-profile Ada County Lincoln Day Dinner on Thursday night, February 23rd, the message will be the same one it has been since volunteers began the Add the Words campaign last October,”pass the bill.”

Ironically, had he lived in present day Idaho,Lincoln himself could be fired, lose his housing and be refused service based solely on the appearance of his own behavior of sleeping with another man.

Supporters say the pressure on the legislature for a rehearing for the Add the Words bill is growing and is only getting stronger,”Our goal in “protesting” at these events is to show that Add the Words is not giving up! We want our voices to be heard and we want Idaho’s gay and transgender citizens to be protected!,” says organizer Lisa Perry.

Those wishing to participate in the protest should meet outside the front entrance of the Boise Center on the grove between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. According to a Facebook event page,”Electric candles and cups will be provided. Please dress warm.”

Click HERE for More info.

If you can’t make it, please take a moment and call or write the six committee members and ask them to reconsider their votes:

Sen. McKenzie: (208) 367-9400
Sen. Lodge:
Sen. Winder: (208) 343-2300
Sen. Fulcher: (208) 332-1340
Sen Davis: (208) 522-8100
Sen. Hill: (208) 356-3677


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