Jim Crow goes gay in Idaho.
The amendment--passed by the legislature on February 15 and headed to voters in November--fueled the bold campaign by about a dozen activists, who hoped the stickers would bring back bad memories of the Jim Crow laws that separated blacks and whites last century. "we felt strongly about taking an action against what the legislature did," said Jennie Myers, 28.
The group snuck inside the state capitol building early on the morning of March 6, tiptoeing around armed guards as they put the stickers on bathroom doors before going outside and placing them on Boise bus stop benches and drinking fountains. "We had an accelerated pulse rate," said Dan Scott, 42. "We were certainly aware of what we were doing and that there could be legal consequences."
The stickers were removed (though not by the group) by day's end, and the fallout was relatively quiet, considering Idaho's staunchly conservative culture. Two local TV stations covered the campaign; state senate president pro tempore Robert Geddes, a Republican who was the amendment's senate sponsor, told one that the stickers were wrong "because I think everybody has the same rights here in Idaho, and we're not taking anybody's rights away."
It's that kind of ignorance that inspired the sticker campaign in the first place, said Scott. "It's a worthwhile fight even if we lose," he said.
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|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Apr 11, 2006|
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