Idaho’s Gays To Be Discriminated Against, Forever

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UNH-UNH! NOT IN BOISE, BUDDY!Well, well, well, would you look at that. America’s pointless Culture Wars continue, completely unabated by time or human decency. Ladies, and the happenings in and about their reproductive and erogenous zones, have hogged the media shine the past few weeks, what with Battle for Breast Cancer, and the Pope refusing to cough up one thin dime for even generic anti-baby pills. There was a glitter-bombing or two in the mix but this week the Sub-War Against the Gays appears to really be gaining steam. Of note, the Idaho state senate got together Friday to pointedly not vote for (or even DEBATE!) a measure that would have added protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Act. Which means that, as we speak, Rick Santorum is down in the root cellar, wandering through the vast stores of indignation and smug contempt contained therein, and gleefully pinching off the choicest morsels. SHOULD BE A FUN WEEK for all of us, to die in, probably from bigoted dumbness.

The Spokesman-Review is our witness to the atrocities:

Efforts to prohibit employment and housing discrimination against gay people in Idaho were rejected Friday by a state Senate committee as a shocked crowd of more than 250 supporters of the human rights bill looked on.

The committee, which includes all four members of the Senate GOP’s top leadership, refused to introduce the bill, thus barring a public hearing on it.

[...]

In Boise, state Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, told the Senate State Affairs Committee that his “Add The Words” bill would amend the Idaho Human Rights Act to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The cowards and/or bigots opposing the bill have so closed themselves off from the public scorn they so richly deserve that backers felt forced to leave hundreds of Post-It type notes on the doors of the Capitol, urging the senators to just “add the words” already. Oh, well. Maybe the EIGHTH introduction of this bill next year will be the charm!!! [Spokesman Review]

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  1. V572 Flambé

    It's their deep religious convictions that makes it okay for Idaho legislators to do that. Plus Mark Furman has a retirement home in Sand Point.

      1. V572 Flambé

        Papa was from Oak Park, IL, a town whose only other distinction is that it contains a number of houses designed by F.L. Wright.

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Try adjusting the tint and color dealies on your teevee set. If worse comes to worse, you can watch it in black and white.

  2. ChernobylSoup

    Ah, the old "If you don't discuss it, it doesn't exist" approach. I hear it works the same for alcoholism, syphilis, Whitney Houston tributes…

  3. Oblios_Cap

    Everytime I click the mouse it sends be back up to the top of the page. It's really quite a-fucking-nnoying.

    1. bagofmice

      As someone who has worked in the ad industry, this fills me with the fury of a thousand suns. You know the manager in charge of this was seeing a bonus in front of his brand.

        1. V572 Flambé

          Well, that's all I had. So, yes: Idaho gays are as scarce as Mississippi intellectuals, and probably equally frightened of the Zeitgeist in which they live.

  4. jus_wonderin

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  5. paris biltong

    The trouble probably started when they asked Edgar Malepay, D-Pocatello, an Italian apologist for male prostitution, to introduce the bill.
    Also, I always thought people in Idaho lacked sexual orientation.

  6. OC_Surf_Serf

    Fuck, if the Culture Wars of the 1970's are back then I want cheap gas, free love, abundant cocaine, and condom-free porn as well.

  7. chascates

    More than any other country in history America is obsessed with sex. With preventing adults from doing it, from preventing children from learning about it, and most especially keeping reproductive decisions in the hands of older, mainly white men (uterus-free) who can best be described as 'creepy'.

    Birth control is the new communism, marriage is the new heaven on earth, and childbearing (but not child-rearing) is the only suitable role for females.

    1. V572 Flambé

      Those women and their vicious pussies are ruining everything! Only religion can keep them in their place.

  8. ThundercatHo

    Be fair now. The GOPers didn't have time to discuss it since they were going to be late for their neo-nazi shooting practise/costume party.

    1. Biff

      Also born there. In Sandpoint. Her daddy moved her to AK a few months later, presumably, because Sandpoint ID was insufficiently racist…

  9. ttommyunger

    Idaho, the Country's outdoor crapper, where racists, homophobes and other assorted malcontents seek refuge from teh gheys, blahs and other human types different from them. The price they pay is that winters there are so cold and the snow is so deep one often has to climb a tree to take a shit, so; they've got that going for them, which is nice.

    1. Schmannnity

      "climb a tree to take a shit." You should trademark that, it makes more sense than piss up a rope.

  10. WhatTheHeck

    and how exactly will the state of Idaho determine who is gay? Do they issue tattoos when they feel you dress too well?

    1. Chichikovovich

      That's a myth, spread by the Idaho chamber of commerce. "Idaho" actually is a Blackfoot word, meaning "Where the homophobic douchebags live"

  11. edgydrifter

    On the plus side, it's perfectly legal everywhere outside of Idaho to discriminate against Idahoans. Game on!

  12. Ducksworthy

    Alternatively, what the fuck is wrong with these people? I'm thinking the new testament should be reduced to a set of diagrammed instructions so the illiterate can understand them, maybe as a quiz, e.g. "What is the greatest commandment?" Hint: The answer is NOT D. "Hate people who may be different from you in some way."

    1. GOPCrusher

      Used to be the Humanitarian Bowl, but no one in Idaho could spell it correctly, making it impossible to screen print on a T-shirt.

  13. Guppy

    "backers felt forced to leave hundreds of Post-It type notes on the doors of the Capitol, urging the senators to just “add the words” already"

    So they felt compelled to imitate Teabaggers and their old "read the bill" protests? Things must be really bad.

  14. Goonemeritus

    Someone needs to point out to his Holiness that when the Lord said be fruitful and multiply there were two people on earth. I say now that we have hit 7 billion we declare mission accomplished and move on.

  15. Mumbletypeg

    There's bound to be humor in the fact that Idaho's lawmakers passed legislation some years ago commending a pair of film directors for elevating their non-conspicuous state in filmgoers' "esteem" with their blockbuster hit showcasing a pair of cousins — with adolescent mannerisms awkward-bordering-on-effeminate — as well as an uncle of theirs whose character IMO could easily come across as closeted. But no irony to be found in this, surely, none at all.

  16. JustPixelz

    The Repubicans reject man-made climate change as unproven because they want 100% certainty before agreeing nature is telling us burning trillions of tons of fossil fuel is bad. But when it comes to culture war issues, they just go with some Bible citation and "it's God's will". So, I ask: Where's the 100% certain scientific proof of God's will? 'Cause if ya got it, you definitely win the argument.

  17. orygoon

    Idaho is full of Mormons and those folks are no less obsessed with sex than anyone else. I have a friend who is an adolescent psychologist who worked in SLC for some years. She said they were given all of these rules about not just being chaste but not masturbating (I looked it up, and the suggestions/rules they detail are hilarious), and they worry and repress over it, and "the next thing you know they're having sex with their sister". "So you fix broken Mormons?" I asked. She thought about if a little and said "yes, that's pretty much it."

    1. proudgrampa

      Utah has the highest consumption of anti-depressants in the US.

      All that cognitive dissonance, I guess.

  18. Not_So_Much

    Neat. Moved to this dystopian, frozen hellscape a couple years back. Yes, Teh Stoopid is strong here. (sigh)

  19. valgal2342

    I drove through Idaho once, even stopped for gas. The scenery was pretty but something in the air was giving me the creeps and we couldn't cross the state line soon enough. And I'm straight!

    1. bringmeanaxe

      I know, creepy right? We once drove past a golf course in Idaho that was ringed with giant signs spouting white supremacy crap. A little racism with that 5 iron?

  20. proudgrampa

    Two good things about Idaho, better than Utah:

    1. Drinking laws there are less draconian. You can order doubles, e.g.

    2. They have a lottery (people from SLC drive across the state line to buy LOTTO tickets).

  21. AlaskaGrrl

    For a state whose very name (I da ho) proudly advertizes it's venality and corruption, is this any real surprise?

  22. GOPCrusher

    I'm glad to see that the Republiklan Party has moved past using social wedge issues to further their agenda.

  23. OkieDokieDog

    Dogs deserve better! I'd give those guys a job scooping dead critters off the highways, while they sing Ted Cat Scratch Fever songs.

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