23 protesters arrested at Idaho governor's office

23 protesters arrested at Idaho governor's office

Credit: Eric Turner / KTVB

Demonstrators stand in silent protest as they block the door to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's office on Tuesday at the Idaho Statehouse.

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on March 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

BOISE -- Police have arrested more than 23 gay rights activists after protesters blocked all four entrances to Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's office Tuesday morning.

Police arrested 18 protesters for unlawful assembly, four protesers for trespassing, and one protester for resisting and obstructing, according to Idaho State Police.

That includes former Idaho State Senator Nicole LeFavour, who was led from the building in handcuffs. LeFavour was encouraging protesters not to move from the various entrances to the governor's office.

The so-called 'Add the Words' protesters have gathered at the Statehouse in the past weeks to promote political change. They've blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate several times.

Typically dressed in black t-shirts, with hands clutched over their mouths, many from the group have been arrested multiple times by Idaho State Police.

The protesters want Idaho lawmakers to consider adding the words "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to the state's human rights act.

Idaho Republicans have blocked passage of the "Add the Words" proposal for eight years, and they have declined to give such a plan a hearing this year.

Notably, former Idaho Governor Phil Batt has publicly promoted the 'Add the Words' cause.

Watch as Idaho State Police arrest protesters in the video below:

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