- April 17, 2013
Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
Idaho’s Pocatello City Council is poised to vote tomorrow on a nondiscrimination ordinance that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in housing, employment and public accommodations.
Currently, it is legal to fire an individual in 29 states – including Idaho -- for their sexual orientation and in 34 states for their gender identity or gender expression.
The council heard public testimony on the ordinance last month. At the time, those in favor of a nondiscrimination policy outnumbered those against 2 to 1.
Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad told Boise State Public Radio that he is still undecided on how he will vote.
In Idaho, the landscape of equality has inched forward, and several city councils have taken up the mantle to ensure equal treatment of its citizens.
HRC continues its work to highlight the work of equality on the local level. Last year, we launched The Municipal Equality Index, the first nationwide evaluation of municipal laws affecting the LGBT community.
The MEI highlights the dedication to equality demonstrated by some cities and provides a blueprint for municipal equality for cities whose laws and policies need improvement.
Pocatello was not of the 137 cities to participate in 2012, however Boise, Idaho scored a 26.