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Civil rights group protests after legislative session

By Jake Melder. CREATED Mar 29, 2014

Protesters from Add the Four Words stood outside the Ford Center, spreading the message to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the protections of Idaho's Civil Rights Act.

The group held hearts to their mouths, silent, as pieces of paper told the message, use your words for love.

Lawrence Denny, a former State Representative who is running for Secretary of State, brought members from the A&E show "Duck Dynasty,” including the family's patriarch Phil Robertson, to the Ford Center for a campaign rally.

Add the Four Words says Denny endorses hateful speech by having Robertson contribute to his campaign.

"Them [legislators] being silent to stand up and say that it is wrong, then their message is that it's okay to deny service and deny public accommodations for gay and transgender people in Idaho," said Ty Carson, a member of Add the Four Words.

Robertson has been criticized for a statement made early this year, paraphrasing a passage in Corinthians that says sinners do not inherit the Kingdom of God. The list of sinners in the verse includes idol worshipers, adulterers, and homosexuals.

Add the Four Words says its message continues after the legislative session. Members say it will go on as long as legislators remain silent on the issue of including the four words to the state's Civil Rights Act.