Push for gay protections in Idaho stirs emotional debate

Although there is a somewhat valid point made in this story, “‘I believe I should have the freedom to hire the employee who I feel like,’ said Sonja Davis of Idaho Falls. ‘What segment of society will be next? Tall people? Short people? Fat people?’ The point then becomes why are your anti-lgbt rights more important than mine or any other lgbt person’s?

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of gay rights advocates.

“Can you tell me where gay people come from?” asked Democratic Rep. John McCrostie of Boise — Idaho’s only openly gay state lawmaker — as the crowded room let out a small laugh.

The House State Affairs Committee was in its fourth hour Monday of listening to testimony on legislation that would create protections for gay and lesbian people in Idaho. The bill had been denied a public hearing for nine consecutive years by the Republican-controlled Statehouse, but advocates refused to be ignored.

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