Add the Words protesters put Idaho senate in lockdown
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - At least 65 demonstrators seeking anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians law ringed the third floor rotunda of Idaho's Capitol 10 days after dozens of them were arrested at a previous protest.
Senate leaders ordered the doors to the chambers locked briefly as a "preventitive measure."
Thursday's demonstration didn't include blocking entrances to lawmakers' chambers, the incident that precipitated arrests Feb. 3.
Idaho State Police troopers who guard the Capitol observed the silent protest - the demonstrators covered their mouths with their hands - but didn't intervene.
Activists are upset lawmakers for eight years have refused to add workplace and housing discrimination protections for gays, bisexuals, lesbians and transgender individuals to the Idaho Human Rights Act.
Republicans have blocked a hearing on a bill this year, over objections from Democrats.
Mike Butts, a spokesman for the group, said "Sadly, we'll feel forced to return."