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Marriage amendment clears committee

After a hearing that stretched for more than three hours and saw dozens of people give heartfelt testimony on both sides, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 – with no discussion at all – to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships. Idaho law already forbids same-sex marriage.

The measure, SJR 101, now goes to the full Senate, where senators plan to debate and vote on it on Wednesday morning.

To pass, it needs a two-thirds vote in each house of the Legislature, plus a majority vote of the people at the next general election.

The vote in the committee went like this: Voting no: Senators Stegner, Little, Stennett and Malepeai. Voting yes: Sens. Darrington, Geddes, Davis, McKenzie and Burtenshaw.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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