FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOISE, IDAHO January 24, 2015
The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho (TIA Idaho), along with our partners at Interfaith Equality Coalition (IEC) and Liberating Spirit - Metropolitan Community Church (LS-MCC), have purchased ads on six digital billboards in five cities across Idaho, which will run through Friday afternoon, January 30th. Those cities are:
a) Inbound I-184 (Connector) at River St exit
b) Fairview at Maple Grove
Northgate Mile, south of Holmes
Thain Rd at Stewart Ave
Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard, west of Karcher Rd
Yellowstone, south of Alameda
We expect our lawmakers to recognize every Idahoan's civil rights.
We expect our lawmakers to fulfill their governmental duty of providing safety and security, including at our job sites, in our homes, and in our public places. Gay and transgender Idahoans work as hard as anybody else, and deserve the respect and dignity of being hired, fired, and promoted because of their qualifications and the quality of their work, not because of their actual or perceived orientation or gender identity.
We strongly believe that HB 2, as it exists, provides adequate religious exemptions. No one’s rights, including those provided for in our state’s constitution regarding religious faith, liberty, and worship, should ever inflict harm upon, or jeopardize the safety or well-being of, another individual.
Now in its 15th year, The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho, its faith leaders, and people of conscience – Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Community of Christ members, Freethinkers, Hindus, Humanists, Jews, Latter-Day Saints, Lutherans, Mennonites, Methodists, Metropolitan Community Church members, Muslims, Presbyterians, Roman Catholics, Unitarian Universalists, and United Church of Christ members, among others – have joined together to protect faith and freedom. It is our mission to support efforts to protect liberty and our democracy, while resisting efforts by religious extremists to impose their views on others.
Congregation Liberating Spirit - Metropolitan Community Church (LS-MCC) is a Social Action Church founded in Idaho in 1978. Pastor Renee McCall leads the congregation in downtown Boise, celebrating the diversity of the whole human family, and all creation. At LS-MCC, everyone has a voice, and self-expression is encouraged; we welcome everyone, without exception, embrace the richness of our differences, and encourage everyone to be their authentic selves. We live fully, love wastefully, and strive to be all we were created to be, transforming ourselves as we transform the world.
Interfaith Equality Coalition is an alliance of faith communities, organized in 2013, working together to bring equality and justice for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, through compassionate witness and advocacy, through our welcome and support, and through our efforts to educate ourselves and one another.