Pocatello rejects protection for gays, lesbians

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - The Pocatello City Council in southeast Idaho has rejected an ordinance intended to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad cast the deciding vote Thursday to break a 3-3 tie.

After voting against the ordinance, Blad ordered a May 9 work session for a new, modified anti-discrimination ordinance to be introduced at the June 6 council meeting.

Blad says the proposed ordinance has split the community and his goal now was to draft an ordinance most people could accept.

City attorney Kirk Bybee says the proposed ordinance that was rejected was modeled after anti-discrimination ordinances passed in Sandpoint, Boise and Moscow.

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Information from: Idaho State Journal