Idaho lawmakers put same-sex marriage ban on November ballot

[JURIST] Reversing a stance taken in previous years, Idaho state senators Wednesday voted to put on the November ballot a constitutional amendment [HJR002 text] that would establish one man and one woman marriages as the "only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized." The same measure was defeated in the Senate in 2004 and 2005 [JURIST report], but passed easily this time by 26-9 after sailing through the House last week, 53-7.

The extent to which the amendment would further restrict same-sex couples is unclear since Idaho law already defines marriage as being between one man and one woman, but supporters [Cornerstone Institute advocacy website] say the constitutional amendment would be a backstop against any court ruling that that law is invalid. AP has more. The Idaho Statesman has local coverage.

 

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