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43 Demonstrators Were Arrested In Idaho For Protesting For LGBT Rights

Protesters, including a former state senator, were arrested after they stood shoulder to shoulder to prevent lawmakers from entering the Idaho Senate chambers.

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Police arrested 43 demonstrators in front of the Idaho Senate chambers Monday afternoon, AP reports. The protestors blocked the entrance to the chambers for more than two hours, standing shoulder to shoulder to prevent lawmakers from passing.

Demonstrators at #Idaho Statehouse say: add the words sexual orientation gender identity.

Tabitha Bower@TabithaBower

Demonstrators at #Idaho Statehouse say: add the words sexual orientation gender identity.

12:21 PM - 3 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The protestors wore shirts that read “Add the Words Idaho” and covered their mouths with their hands to call attention to a bill that would add workplace and housing protection for LGBT individuals.

Idaho State Police escorting Add The Words protesters out. Protesters seem to have been trained on arrest protocol.

Frankie Barnhill@FABarnhill

Idaho State Police escorting Add The Words protesters out. Protesters seem to have been trained on arrest protocol.

12:47 PM - 3 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Former state Senator Nicole LeFavour organized the protest to block the entrances until lawmakers agreed to add LGBT individuals to the Idaho Human Rights Act. She’s also Idaho Legislature’s first openly gay lawmaker.

At first, Sen. LeFavour was allowed to remain after the other protesters were removed. Senate rules allow floor privileges to former members. However, the Senate voted 34-0 to suspend the rule and the senator was removed.

LeFavour facing Senate, which is now in session. #idleg

Melissa Davlin@davlinnews

LeFavour facing Senate, which is now in session. #idleg

01:10 PM - 3 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Arrests started after Senate Pro Tem Brent Hill was blocked from entering the chambers at 11 a.m. Hill and other Idaho republicans have blocked passage of the bill that would guarantee certain LGBT rights for eight years, refusing to give it a hearing.

#BREAKINGNEWS: Idaho State Police arresting @AddtheWords activists: http://t.co/0C8t4C98is

KBOI 2News@KBOITV

#BREAKINGNEWS: Idaho State Police arresting @AddtheWords activists: http://t.co/0C8t4C98is

12:45 PM - 3 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We respect your right to protest, but we also have the right to do the job people elected us to do. Those are the chambers, and they belong to all the people, not just this group.
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