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Republicans at GOP convention debate transgender marriage, state militia, more

Idaho doesn’t recognize gay or lesbian marriage, but some Republicans want the state to go a step further, the AP reports. A panel of GOP delegates at the state party’s convention passed a measure Friday to define marriage as a bond between a “naturally born” man and woman, effectively barring transgenders. Bannock County delegate Ralph Lilling says his amendment to the state party’s platform will help further protect the traditional family unit. But Donna Montgomery, a delegate from Kootenai County, argued that the additional language was unnecessary because people from Idaho understand man is a man and a woman is a woman. The convention Friday also featured debates about repealing the 17th Amendment, legalizing medical marijuana and forming a state militia; read more here at spokesman.com.


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

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