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Otter on same-sex marriage: ‘I don’t think it’s over with’

Asked about same-sex marriage, GOP Gov. Butch Otter, on tonight’s KTVB debate, said, “I don’t think it’s over with.” He said Louisiana’s case is still pending. “I’m not going to give up on it,” he said. “The voters passed that.”

Constitution Party candidate Steve Pankey said, “Same-sex marriage yes, decadence no. … This is just about decency. Gov. Otter is frozen in time in 2006. Frankly, I think the people of Idaho have moved along.”

Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff said, “Governor, we have a pesky document called the United States Constitution. … This has never been about defending traditional marriage or defending the Idaho Constitution, it’s about obeying the United States Constitution, which holds supremacy over anything the voters vote for in this state or in any other. … When someone’s behavior offends our beliefs, we do not have the right to discriminate against them. … I think it was foolish to waste money to fight the United States Constitution.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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