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Former senator hides in senate building closest to promote gay rights

By Mason White 2:17 PM March 20, 2014
Nicole LeFavour 

By: Sanvi Rizvi
State senators in Idaho, were shocked to learn that a former senator was hiding in a senate building closet for several hours.

On Tuesday, the senate majority leader warned the senators to secure their offices before leaving, saying that a woman was found hiding in a closet, directly behind the Senate chamber.

It turned out that the woman was former Senator Nicole LeFavour, Democrat – Boise, who has been arrested 6 times while protesting at the state Capitol. She wanted that the words sexual orientation and gender identity be added to the anti-discrimination provisions of the law.

The change has been proposed every year for the past eight years, but has never had a full committee hearing. LeFavour, who was the first openly gay state legislator from Idaho, and served four terms before leaving the Senate to run for Congress in 2012, said that she had been in the closet for five or six hours.

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, Republican – Rexburg, asked LeFavour to leave, and she did.