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Boise, ID - Today, Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Family Policy Studies, testified before the Idaho House of Representatives State Affairs Committee to urge members to oppose House Bill No. 2. This bill would create special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
In his testimony, Mr. Sprigg commented in part:
"When it comes to the operation of private businesses and private organizations, our default position should be to support freedom-not to increase the regulatory burdens imposed by government.
"We should have faith that the people who know best how to run a business are the people who own and operate it-not lawyers, government bureaucrats, or even legislators. And we should have respect for the freedom of businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations to hold to their own, deeply-held beliefs, and to act on such beliefs. Yet this bill would substitute the judgment of government officials for that of private businesses and organizations regarding what qualities or characteristics are most relevant to a particular job, and regarding how to operate their business.
"...Efforts to add 'sexual orientation" and 'gender identity' as protected categories under civil rights laws should be opposed by anyone who believes in freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of belief, a free market economy and limited government," concluded Sprigg.
Mr. Sprigg's full testimony can be found here: http://downloads.frc.org/EF/EF15A126.pdf