Boise mulls protections for gays, lesbians
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Boise is on the verge of becoming the second Idaho city to pass an ordinance banning discrimination against people because of their sexual identities.
The Idaho Statesman reported Friday a pair of city council women will propose the new ordinance at a meeting on Tuesday.
Late last year, the tiny resort town of Sandpoint in northern Idaho passed a similar ordinance and Pocatello is considering changes, too.
But efforts statewide have met stiff resistance.
During the 2012 Legislature, Republican lawmakers again balked at holding a hearing considering a bill to add discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals to the Idaho Human Rights Act.
In Boise, council women Maryanne Jordan and Lauren McLean say such protections become an important recruitment tool for businesses seeking qualified workers.
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com