BOISE -- A group of pastors and worshipers has committed to praying in support of gay rights at the Idaho Statehouse on a weekly basis. The group calls itself the Interfaith Equality Coalition.
About 30 members gathered at the Idaho Statehouse Wednesday just before noon. They held protest signs advocating for gay rights. Some wore religious gear from various denominations.
Organizer Barbara Nixon is a pastor at Boise's Hillview Methodist Church. Nixon says the group will gather for a minute of silent prayer at 12:04 p.m. each Wednesday indefinitely.
"Word has passed among everyone interested in adding the words, that at 12:04 p.m. -- no matter where you are -- what you're doing, you stop, you face the capitol, you cover your mouth with your hand and hold a minute of silence."
Nixon says the group stands in solidarity with the Add The Words Idaho movement. Members want to encourage lawmakers to add protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to the Idaho human rights act.
Wednesday's gathering was the first for the Interfaith Equality Coalition. Members also held a silent vigil for 45 minutes on the sidewalk outside of the Idaho Capitol.