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Ruthie: Traditional Marriage Ideal

The demise of the Defense of Marriage Act doesn't change Ruthie Johnson's view of same-sex marriage. “I don't care what anyone does in the privacy of their own bedroom. I just don't know why they have to brag about it,” said Johnson, when asked for her reaction to Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling. “I still believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. That's the only way that we can procreate.” The 1996 law overturned by the Supreme Court denied federal benefits to same-sex couples married under state laws. Johnson, a Hayden Lake resident and a commissioner on the Idaho Human Rights Commission, told The Press she doesn't think the justices' decision will make much of a difference in Idaho. Same-sex marriages are banned under the state's constitution/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo of Ruthie Johnson in August 2011)

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Ruthie Johnson?

Gookin Backs Same-Sex Benefits

While the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act does not directly impact a local city councilman's efforts to provide benefits to domestic partners, it could in the future. Coeur d'Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin (pictured) has been working with the city's Human Resource Department for the past couple of months to determine if the city could begin offering benefits to domestic partners who have lived together for several years, but never married. “We don't have any same sex couples that I am aware of yet,” Gookin said Wednesday. “What I am doing deals with domestic partners, who for whatever reason may have so many entanglements in their lives they cannot get married. “The only difference between them and a married couple is a piece of paper”/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene make it a high priority to provide benefits to same-sex partners?

Gookin Wants To Extend Benefits

Prior to the vote on the controversial antidiscrimination ordinance Tuesday night, Councilman Dan Gookin voiced support for extending benefits to same-sex city workers. The city attorney advised that the council couldn't do anything with the idea until it's properly advertised. (Video: Coeur d'Alene TV Channel 19)

Question: I know I've asked this as today's poll question. But let's have a discussion also. Should the city of Coeur d'Alene extend benefits to same-sex couples?

Fischer Targets Same-Sex Homes

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer has sunk to a new, disturbing low with his anti-gay statements. In two separate tweets last night, he called for an “Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children from same-sex households.” In one tweet  he was referring to the sad story of Lisa Miller, who, after declaring herself ex-gay, kidnapped her daughter away to Central America to prevent her former partner from having any custody. (She is still being tracked by federal agents as a fugitive of the law.) In the other tweet, Fischer referred to the testimony of a individual named Robert Oscar Lopez, who blames all of his social problems on being raised by his mom and her lesbian partner/Zack Ford, ThinkProgress LGBT. More here. (AP file photo of Bryan Fischer at Idaho Statehouse in Boise)

Question: Sounds like Fischer is advocating kidnapping. Thoughts?

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