Idaho Legislator Introduces 'Pre-Emptive' Strike To Protect Religious Freedom

Jan 28, 2014

Credit Idaho Legislature

Idaho lawmakers and conservative Christian allies contend their faith is under siege by gays, lesbians and the government, so they're launching a "pre-emptive" strike to bolster rights of licensed professionals to refuse service to somebody they conclude violates their religious beliefs.

On Tuesday, Rep. Lynn Luker introduced a measure to shield religious people from the threat of having their professional licenses revoked for declining service.

Luker, a Boise Republican, knows of no Idaho example where this has arisen.

Still, he points to efforts by gays and lesbians elsewhere seeking to end discrimination against them as a sign that Idaho must act quickly to protect the faithful — before something arises closer to home.

The issue is coming, Luker says — "whether it's 10 years, or 15 years, or two years."