Letter: Oppose H426 and H427

February 14, 2014 

Is it “Opposite Day” in the Idaho Legislature?

Republican leadership won’t even allow Add the Words legislation to be printed for a hearing. They say they oppose “special rights” for gay, lesbian and transgender citizens. By “special rights,” of course, they mean “equal rights.”

Now Republicans have printed and introduced H426 and H427 to protect “religious freedom.” By “religious freedom,” of course, they mean “special rights to discriminate against and otherwise torment gays and lesbians.” That’s right, folks, these bills write into Idaho Code special rights and privileges for religious people to disobey laws that others must follow.

I guess our legislators think the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantee of “equal protection of the laws” means “unequal laws for our religion versus others.”

PAUL D. ROLIG, Boise

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