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IVA: Moscow Domestic Partnership Move Illegal

Pushed by the city’s mayor, the Moscow city council is making plans to violate the Idaho state constitution tonight. Idaho voters amended the state constitution in 2006 to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and to prohibit the legal recognition of all marriage counterfeits, such as domestic partnerships. … Yet the Moscow city council, either out of ignorance or defiance, is prepared tonight to offer health insurance not just to spouses but to “domestic partners,” a move which is flatly unconstitutional. According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the city’s insurance agent says, “All the rules that apply to spouses currently as far as it goes will apply to domestic partners” if the city adopts the plan. The push for the plan is coming from Mayor Nancy Chaney, who is apparently unaware of the state constitution or intends to ignore it/Idaho Values Alliance press release. More here

Question: Obviously, Moscow should be prepared for an uphill legal battle in conservative Idaho, if it grants health insurance to domestic partners. Is this principle important enough for a small town to pay for a costly court fight that it’s likely to lose?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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