About 70 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Capitol for a brief vigil led by an interfaith group in response to the mass murders in Orlando.
Renee McCall, pastor of Boise’s Liberating Spirit Metropolitan Community Church, spoke. Her Downtown church belongs to the Interfaith Alliance of Idaho.
Cherie Buckner-Webb, a Democratic state senator from Boise’s North End, also spoke.
Then participants hugged one another and shared a moment of silence.
There was a call for “love” over hate. Buckner-Webb and McCall both asked the crowd to not direct hate at other groups, but instead to love one another. Both pointed to the World Village festival as an example of ways that our community should come together in times of crisis.
A second rally is scheduled at 8 p.m. Sunday on the Capitol steps. That event is organized by Add the Words, Idaho, a group that has asked the Idaho Legislature to amend Idaho’s Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Boise police are expected to be on hand.
Other Add the Words vigil events across the state include: Twin Falls: 8:45 p.m. Sunday at the Perrine Bridge, near the visitor’s center; Idaho Falls: 7 p.m. Sunday near the Veterans Memorial on Memorial Drive; Moscow: 7 p.m. Sunday at Friendship Square; Sandpoint: 6 p.m. Monday at Farmin Park.
Add the Words organizers in a release urged attendees to “please exercise caution and have a safety plan in mind at these events.”