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If Utah Falls, Will Idaho Follow Suit?

Nearly eight years ago, Idahoans deliberately chose to leap onto the wrong side of history. They chiseled into their bedrock charter a constitutional amendment relegating gays to second-class citizenship, denying them the right to marry. Even as the measure was debated, you could see the inevitability of a future, more enlightened society invalidating this form of state-sponsored prejudice. But the hurtful words Idahoans embraced in 2006 would remain etched in stone, an embarrassing reminder of this generation of Idahoans' rendezvous with bigotry. They learned nothing from their history. In early statehood days, Idahoans approved a constitutional provision depriving Mormons of the vote. Credit the federal government for blocking that provision, but its taint remained embedded within the state constitution. Nearly four generations passed before voters went to the polls and formally erased that provision. So what is the shelf life of Idaho's latest monument to intolerance?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you expect same-sex marriage to be legal in Idaho within 5 years?


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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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