House Speaker Scott Bedke and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill both agreed with earlier comments from Gov. Butch Otter this morning about defending Idaho’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage from a legal challenge. Otter said Idaho voters enacted the measure into the Constitution, and the state has a duty to defend that enactment. “My responsibility is to enforce the law and to obey the Constitution,” Otter said; four same-sex couples are now challenging the ban as unconstitutional in federal court.
Said Hill, “Is it a wise use of funds? It’s always a wise use of funds to defend our Constitution.” He said both the governor and the Attorney General have that duty.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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