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IDAHO: State GOP Seeks To Void Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Idaho state GOP is seeking to overturn the LGBT anti-discrimination laws that have passed in six cities around the state by imposing a law than bans such protections.
Cornel Rasor, a former Bonner County commissioner and chairman of the Idaho GOP’s resolutions committee, said, “I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu … he’s not producing what I want in my office.” Rasor presented the resolution on behalf of a constituent in Bonner County; another similar one was proposed by Idaho County’s GOP central committee, and the two were combined into one. It was approved with little debate at the central committee’s summer meeting over the weekend in McCall.  “Resolved, that the Idaho Republican State Central Committee recommends that our legislators support Idaho’s current anti-discrimination laws and policies and enact a law that would make unenforceable any municipal ordinances that would seek to expand categories of prohibited discrimination beyond current state anti-discrimination laws and policies,” the resolution states.
The resolution itself is not binding, but the state legislature is 81% Republican. Expect an actual bill shortly. (Tipped by JMG reader Javier)

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