Tuesday, February 07, 2006

The propagation of fear and hate in Idaho

Idaho, which has long suffered from the national belief that it harbors hate groups, appears to be taking steps to further that stereotype. Last week, the Idaho State House of Representatives voted 53 to 17 to push forward with HJR002 - "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Idaho to provide that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state."

The sponsor of this bill, Representative Denny ldenny@house.idaho.gov, has been very successful in attacking the gay and lesbian population, by using the club of marriage. If this amendment does make it to a vote by the public, it will read, as it does above, gay marriage yes/no. If you read and interpret the amendment carefully, it also covers civil unions and partnerships. I interpret this to apply to all state rights, benefits for state workers, custody cases, etc. While the word marriage is emphasized in all public communication, this is really about restricting the rights of gay and lesbian individuals in our society. This is a discrace. Please contact your state senator. It is not too late.

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