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Otter congratulates Gov. Brewer for vetoing bill allowing refusal of service to gays

While he wouldn’t comment on what he would have done had a similar bill reached his desk, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Thursday that he congratulates Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for her veto Wednesday of a bill that would have

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Gov. Batt says Idaho’s ‘disdain’ of gays hurts his family, urges ‘Add the Words’

Former Republican Gov. Phil Batt said Wednesday that Idaho’s “disdain” of gays has hurt his family — including his gay grandson — and pressed the Legislature to add civil rights protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. He also

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Agitated Otter confronted Idaho Statesman over gay rights coverage (w/audio)

Sunday’s three-page package exploring how the absence of civil rights protections for gays impacts business and Idaho’s image was sparked by Gov. Butch Otter’s challenging the assumption made in the Idaho Statesman’s Feb. 12 story that the Gem State has

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Eight years into quest, Idahoans still pressing to ‘Add the Words’

Efforts to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity have failed in the socially conservative Idaho Legislature. But momentum to “Add the Words” to the Idaho Human Rights Act may be building. To that end, supporters scheduled five

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Nampa mayoral candidate to pitch City Council on gay rights

Melissa Sue Robinson has secured a spot on the Aug. 5 Nampa City Council agenda to argue that Nampa should join Boise and other Idaho cities in adopting an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Robinson,

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Idaho Public TV’s Morrill to retire after 34 years

Peter Morrill, who fought for Idaho Public Television’s programming independence in the face of challenges from the Legislature, will retire as the system’s general manager, the State Board of Education announced Wednesday. Morrill joined Idaho Public TV in 1979 as

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Idaho ‘Add the Words’ campaign to get heard, but no bill and no vote

In deference to a request from Boise Democratic Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb, the Senate and House State Affairs committees will meet Wednesday at 8 a.m. to hear an informational presentation on the effort to add sexual orientation and gender identity to

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