Judge: Idaho can’t delay transgender inmate’s surgery

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) | A federal judge says Idaho prison officials cannot delay gender confirmation surgery for a transgender inmate while they appeal the court ruling requiring them to provide the surgery.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the order March 4, saying he believed the Idaho Department of Correction’s appeal in the case was likely to fail and that delaying Adree Edmo’s surgery could cause her great harm. The ruling means the original deadline for providing the surgery — June 13 — remains in place.

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Meridian becomes 14th Idaho city to ban LBGTQ discrimination

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BOISE, Idaho (AP)| The city of Meridian is the latest municipality in the state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Idaho’s Legislature has so far refused to pass a bill that would add such protections to the state’s human rights act. But since 2011, 14 cities have taken action.

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Gay rights activists arrested at Idaho Senate

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Police have arrested dozens of gay rights activists, saying their protest blocked entrances to the Idaho Senate chambers for more than two hours.

Idaho State Police say they took 43 people into custody Feb. 3 after the demonstrators stood shoulder to shoulder and prevented lawmakers from getting past.

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