Hundreds of Boise residents applauded repeatedly Tuesday as City Council members and Mayor David Bieter explained why they support an ordinance that will criminalize discrimination in employment, housing and public places for reasons of sexual orientation or gender identity. Some cried, as did council president Maryanne Jordan. Following unanimous passage of the ordinance, the standing-room-only crowd in the State Capitols west wing auditorium stood and cheered. Jordan and fellow councilwoman Lauren McLean, who spearheaded the effort to draft the ordinance, said it is something Boise has lacked and will help the citys standing with companies considering whether to open new establishments here. Churches, private organizations such as The Boy Scouts of America and other governments operating in the city are exempt from the law, which takes effect Jan. 1.