“Add the Words” Protest Leads to More Arrests at Idaho Capitol
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More gay rights activists were arrested by Idaho State Police after refusing to lift their peaceful blockade of the Idaho Senate. In all, 30 people were arrested Thursday. That included 23 people who posted themselves outside the Senate chambers for more than six hours but declined to leave when asked by law enforcement about 4 p.m. All 23 were cited for misdemeanor trespassing. Earlier in the day, seven others were arrested, six for trespassing and another person for misdemeanor battery after a Senate official said the demonstrator had pushed through her arms as she sought to block him from descending a staircase. The demonstrators are demanding lawmakers add discrimination protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals to the Idaho Human Rights Act. So far, Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill and other GOP lawmakers have declined to hold a hearing.