Gay Marriage Ban Remains In Idaho Constitution
Idaho isn’t moving to remove a ban on gay marriage that is unconstitutional.
…removing the language will likely be an uphill battle. Amending the Idaho Constitution first requires approval from the Republican-dominated Legislature. The proposal must then win a simple majority in a voter referendum -a tough task for even lesser politically-charged initiatives.
Idaho is one of 30 states that amended their constitutions to ban gay marriage that have not yet take steps to repeal their amendments, even though they have been rendered unenforceable by the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision.
“It might be difficult to remove the language, but it’s the right thing to do,” said Leo Morales, acting executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho. “Lawmakers have sworn an oath to uphold the law. It makes sense to clean up the books.”
Idaho’s gay marriage ban has been enshrined in the state constitution since 2006 after winning 63 percent of the vote.