After a petition drive, Pocatello's recently passed and controversial non-discrimination ordinance is going before the voters of Pocatello to decide if it should stay on the books.
Stand Up Pocatello is a group that was against the ordinance during the process of the Pocatello City Council gathering input on such an ordinance.
During recent weeks the group has gathered over 2000 signatures from voters to take the ordinance directly to the people.
It will appear on the ballot in the primary elections in May with voters having the final say.
Stand Up Pocatello says the ordinance infringes on the rights of business owners, property owners, churches and religious people. In a statement issued to KPVI News 6, the group said:
"Stand Up Pocatello is grateful to The Lilligs, the signature gatherers, and the 2000+ citizens who signed the petition for referendum of the NonDiscrimination Ordinance. We will continue to educate our Pocatello voters, that despite being well intentioned, this law will put some of our citizens at risk of being jailed. Women like Elane of Elane Photography, Arlene of Arlene's Flowers and Melissa of Sweet Cakes By Melissa are just a few of this law's victims in other states. There is something seriously wrong with a law that compels some people of faith to have to choose between conscience and commerce and for government leaders to justify this outcome when no economic or other harm is inflicted upon the consumers in these cases. There were other companies readily available and willing to provide these services. A New Mexico State Supreme Court judge recently said that Elane and her husband "are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives","as "the price of citizenship." Our City Council members who voted for this Ordinance and all the current candidates who support this Ordinance need to answer why it is "good" for our City that women like these three be at risk of jail time in Pocatello and why they think it is OK for someone like Colleen Francis, a transgendered woman, to have legal protection under the Ordinance to expose her male genitalia to young girls in a locker room at Evergreen State College. A nondiscrimination law allowed this in Washington and will allow it in Pocatello also, if the prosecutor cannot show "lewdness" along with willful intent. Our citizens also need to ask themselves whether they want to allow this ""entryway" law into our cities and our state since it paves the way for LGBT values based policies and laws in our schools and other pro-gay legislation like the current controversial Callifornia AB 1266 which becomes law January 1, 2014.
We encourage all citizens to not rely solely upon sound bytes and political talking points, but to further research the issue thoroughly for yourself. Our webpage will be updated next Spring, but in the meantime, for more information, please visit and LIKE our facebook page, Stand Up Pocatello."
As for the wording of the item to be on the May ballot, the elections office is still working on that.