Anti-ENDA GOP U. S. Senator: "Idaho should respect local gay rights laws"
WASHINGTON -- The Idaho Republican U. S. Senator who voted this week against a federal ban on workplace discrimination against LGBTQ people told reporters Tuesday that Idaho cities should be able to maintain their local gay rights ordinances.
Republican Mike Crapo said;
“I tend to believe that just as the federal government should honor the rights of states, states should honor the rights of cities in those areas where there is not some kind of a compelling interest,” Crapo said in a conference call with reporters.
Crapo, who was one of the GOP votes against ENDA in the Senate, is taking a policy position that contravenes the resolution passed over the summer by the state's Republican Party central committee, which is urging the upcoming 2014 Idaho legislature session to nullify the local gay rights measures.
City councils around the state in Sandpoint, Boise, Moscow, Ketchum, Coeur d'Alene, Pocatello and Crapo's hometown of Idaho Falls, have passed an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect their LGBTQ citizens in some form.
However, anti-gay opponents in the city of Pocatello have collected enough signatures to put its ordinance to a citywide vote next spring.