Thursday, February 27, 2014

Otter Approves $1 Million For Defense of Idaho Gay Marriage Ban

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

click to enlarge Esteban Galan shows off his rainbow flag at a February demonstration against Idaho's same-sex marriage ban at the Ada County Courthouse. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Esteban Galan shows off his rainbow flag at a February demonstration against Idaho's same-sex marriage ban at the Ada County Courthouse.





Idaho's legal position on the issue of gay marriage just got $1 million stronger. That's the amount the state legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has approved to defend Idaho's constitutional ban on gay marriage, as requested by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter.



JFAC endorsed the governor's request to shift that sum from the state's general fund to the Constitutional Defense Fund anticipating a legal battle on the issue. In November 2013, four couples filed suit against the state on account of the ban, arguing that it violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection and due process clauses. 



In 2006, Idaho voters enacted the constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman.



LGBT issues have been lightning rods for debate during the current legislative session, with Add the Words demonstrations pressing for the addition of "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights law resulting in arrests  and gay couples filing for marriage licenses at the Ada County Courthouse to draw attention to the state's gay marriage ban.

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