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Idaho GOP warns same-sex marriage will lead to ‘disintegration of our society,’ Ringo calls on Otter to accept ruling

Catching up on a couple of items from yesterday:

The Idaho Republican Party issued a statement decrying U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale’s ruling overturning Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. In it, party Chairman Barry Peterson said, “The disintegration of marriage will lead to the disintegration of our society. Judge Dale is wrong. The State has a valid interest in promoting the optimal circumstance for every child - and that is being raised in a home with both a loving mother and father.” You can read the full statement here.

And longtime state Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, who is running for Idaho’s 1st District congressional seat, sent out a statement calling on Gov. Butch Otter to “immediately accept the federal court ruling” and allow Navy veteran Madelynn Lee Taylor to be buried with her late wife, Jean Mixner, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. “I know Gov. Otter is going to appeal this ruling – he has an election next week, after all – but I hope he’ll make a call to the cemetery’s administration and ask that they find a spot for Jean before he races to court,” Ringo said. “More importantly, I hope he’ll reconsider his position and embrace marriage equality here in Idaho.” You can read her full statement here.

Idaho GOP Chair: County central committees entitled to donate to campaigns against GOP incumbents

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Barry Peterson says the Idaho and Clearwater County Republican Central Committees were well within their rights to donate thousands in local party funds to a PAC that’s mounting campaign attacks against GOP Gov. Butch Otter and GOP Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “The state party is holding its neutral position on candidates in the primary,” Peterson said. “But every county, the rules do allow for counties to endorse candidates of their choosing. They put that in the rules, oh, a few years ago.”

He added, “It’d be inappropriate for the state party to tell the county party what they can or cannot do, when it’s clearly within the rules for the central committees to be able to endorse candidates if they want to.” You can read my full story here on the new PAC at

Idaho Republicans pick Peterson as new state party chairman

Idaho Republicans on Saturday elected a Mountain Home hardware store owner to lead the state's dominant party ahead of November's big ballot fight over education reforms, the Associated Press reports. Barry Peterson was chosen chairman over charter school activist Gayann DeMordaunt from Eagle. Peterson replaces outgoing chairman Norm Semanko. The 64-year-old Peterson was described by backers as an example of rural Idaho's conservative roots; his grandfather settled Elmore County in 1885.

“We will unitedly work to have a more effective and impactful role in the politics of our state,” Peterson told delegates. Click below for AP reporter John Miller's full report.

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