Latah County Updates Handbook with Ban on Discrimination of LGBT
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — County officials in northern Idaho have updated their employee handbook to ban discrimination against a person because of the sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that Latah County commissioners unanimously voted in favor of the handbook amendment after little debate Monday evening. Latah County is the latest local governance to enact an anti-discrimination ordinance after failed efforts to pass a uniform law statewide. Idaho's Republican lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand the state's Human Rights Act to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from job and housing discrimination.
Currently, 12 cities in Idaho have passed their own local ordinance, including Boise, Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls. Meanwhile, 22 states have passed have passed some form of anti-discrimination laws.