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Boise approves new anti-discrimination law

By Associated Press
Published On: Dec 05 2012 03:28:10 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 03:28:49 PM MST
BOISE, Idaho -

Boise is now the second Idaho city to adopt an ordinance outlawing discrimination against a person because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
    
The Boise City Council unanimously gave final approval to the law Tuesday night, setting off a round of cheers from hundreds of supporters on hand for the vote.
    
The new law - set to take effect Jan. 1 - criminalizes discrimination in employment, housing and public places because of sexual preference. The ordinance makes an exemption for churches and private organizations.
    
Councilwoman Lauren McLean says protections for gays, lesbians and the transgender community is something Boise has lacked for too long.
    
Boise follows the northern Idaho city of Sandpoint in adopting protections based on sexual orientation. Leaders in Pocatello are also considering a similar ordinance.