Sandpoint anti-discrimination ordinance considered by other cities


Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene, says the Legislature may have to intervene on behalf of businesses that feel their property rights are threatened by local ordinances.

One year ago Sandpoint broke new ground in Idaho with passage of anti-discrimination ordinance that has catalyzed other Idaho cities to consider similar measures, according to a story in the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Boise passed such an ordinance earlier this month. The story reports that Ketchum and Pocatello are contemplating ordinances as well. The Sandpoint measure prohibits gender identity or sexual orientation to be used to discriminate against someone for housing, employment, commercial property and the use of public accommodations.

“I think the biggest issue was a silent fear people lived in,” one of the proponents of the Sandpoint ordinance explained. “People were concerned about losing their jobs, their homes or their lives.”

 

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