A mixture of newspaper clippings and personal photographs reflecting the events surrounding Proposition One (1992-1994), an anti-homosexual special rights referendum that appeared on the Idaho general election ballot in November 1994. The articles concern the campaigns for and against Proposition 1 and gay rights in general while the personal photographs document Don’t Sign On/No on One’s campaign against Idaho Citizens Alliance (the organization supporting the initiative) and their anti-gay initiative. The chosen articles were clipped from newspapers within and without Idaho and serve to provide a greater context for No on One’s campaign against the anti-gay initiative in Idaho.
The Idaho Citizens Alliance began the drive for the initiative in January 1992 which would eventually become Proposition 1 on the general ballot. The purpose of the initiative which eventually came to be known as the “Anti-gay Initiative” was meant to block any Idaho legislation that would grant homosexual persons minority rights. The referendum was defeated by a majority vote in the polls in November 1994. Deborah Graham’s photographs follow No on One’s (originally named Don’t Sign On) protests, rallies, and eventual victory against Proposition 1.
Mary Rohlfing, of Boise, Idaho, donated the No On One Coalition Records (MSS 224) to Boise State University in 2004. The photographs and articles featured in this digital collection were selected and scanned by Cerena Mann, a graduate intern in the Special Collections department.