BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho's gay and lesbian activists lined up 22 hours of testimony in their effort to have anti-discrimination laws amended to include them in housing and employment protections.

And though they weren't able to change the state's Human Rights Act, supporters say they were able to change perceptions among lawmakers with the flood of emotional stories.

Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Linden Bateman was among those who voted down an "Add the Words" bill in the House State Affairs Committee 13-4 along party lines recently. But he says the testimony "touched his heart" and that he's willing to find compromise.

Boise Democratic Rep. John McCrostie agrees that compromise is possible and says he's heard from lawmakers who have changed their mind on the issue.

None have come forward publicly, however.