Gay Rights Protesters Block Idaho Senate Again

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At least 25 gay rights protesters again blocked the main entrance to the Idaho Senate, saying they're willing to be arrested in their effort to get majority Republican lawmakers to take up a bill promoting anti-discrimination protections.

Greg Kabel

Thursday's demonstration comes about two weeks after 44 protesters were arrested in a similar action and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

Former Idaho Sen. Nicole LeFavour helped organize the latest group, too, shifting them to the center of the main entrance to the Senate.

LeFavour, Idaho's first openly gay lawmaker, said the activists hadn't been among those arrested on Feb. 3, but were willing to be arrested on Thursday.

She said they were there to speak out against what she called "the Senate's silence on this issue."

Idaho State Police were monitoring the protest.


Greg Kabel

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