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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Family Research Council (FRC) praised the State Affairs Committee of the Idaho House of Representatives for its decisive 13-4 vote against House Bill No. 2, which would have granted special protections based on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in Idaho’s civil rights laws.
Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, flew to Boise this week and testified against the bill at the committee’s first hearing Monday morning. Sprigg urged the legislators “not to increase the regulatory burdens on government,” especially in a way that could infringe on religious liberty and invite reverse discrimination against people because of their moral beliefs.
Mr. Sprigg made the following comments after today’s vote:
“It was a privilege to testify before the Idaho legislature this week and urge them not to bring the heavy hand of government down upon employers, schools, landlords, and other private enterprises. In particular, I thank Julie Lynde and Idaho’s Cornerstone Family Council for their leadership in opposing the bill, as well as Ken Connelly of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Laura Bunker of United Families International, and all the ordinary citizens of Idaho who took time out to contact their legislators or to testify against House Bill No. 2.
“I urge the voters and elected officials of Idaho to continue standing firm against such proposals for unjustified intrusion by government into the operation of private businesses and organizations,” Sprigg concluded.