"If the Legislature again chooses to ignore us and not hear or vote on the bill, we are prepared to peacefully remain here to bring attention to the issue and the Legislature’s failure to protect those in our community from harm.”
"Although the State may not agree with the message certain groups seek to convey about Idaho's agricultural production facilities, such as releasing secretly-recorded videos of animal abuse to the Internet and calling for boycotts, it cannot deny such groups equal protection of the laws in their exercise of their right to free speech."
The couple, both ordained Christian ministers, say that under the ordinance, they could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine each time they decline to wed same-sex couples in line with their religious beliefs.
"These are real dollars at stake here that pay for rent, put food on the table and pay for shoes for children in need. The only threat here is the real immediate threat to children who depend on that support."
School officials say they decided that the flag be removed from school property after they consulted idahogangs.com, a site managed by the Idaho Department of Correction. The website—though currently down—reportedly includes the Confederate battle flag as a gang indicator.
The EPA says the new rule would clarify its authority, allowing the government to limit pollution—particularly in smaller bodies of water—adding that major bodies of water are largely protected but streams that flow into the larger bodies need more oversight.