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About four dozen gay rights activists were arrested at the Idaho Statehouse Thursday afternoon.

This time, the protesters blocked lawmakers and the public from reaching Senate committee rooms on the west side of the Capitol.

The protesters stood shoulder to shoulder Thursday, blocking the hallway to the hearing rooms as well as a door leading outside.

The group wants the Legislature to add protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

But Republican leaders have said they will block the issue from even reaching a hearing.

Police made 76 arrests at demonstrations earlier this month.

The group’s leader, former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour said the activists were determined to stay until committees begin the work to push the issue forward.