2004 Legislative Action Alert
Battle To Defeat Homophobic Bill In State Legislature Begins...
Ploy By Conservative Idaho Legislators Moves To House Vote
Henry Kulczyk of Eagle (pictured right) is sponsoring a homophobic amendment
to Idaho’s state constitution that will alter the state’s constitution and
affect not only same-sex relationships (which are already currently illegal
under Idaho code) but will prevent ANY non-marriage relationship from being
recognized by the state.
amendment against gay marriage in Idaho is not about hate," said Judiciary
Committee Chairwoman Debbie Field, Republican Representative from Boise (pictured bottom right) interrupted
whenever one of those testifying started talking about it in yesterday's
preliminary hearing on the subject.
“Sir, it's not about
hate,” Field told Robert McDiarmid, a board member on Your Family, Friends
and Neighbors, which supports gay rights issues.
disagree,” he said.
McDiarmid said this
change would look like the anti-Mormon and anti-Chinese parts of the
original Idaho Constitution.
“We´ll have to come back
years from now to take this hateful language out,” McDiarmid said.
Then, he said, lawmakers
would have to explain that it wasn´t about hate.
“No one will believe
you,” he said. “Neither should they.”
Voting 10-6, the House
Judiciary and Rules Committee voted to send the bill to the floor of the
House of Representatives for a vote. This is the first step, of many, that
bill proponents need to overcome in order to bring this to the voters in
Read the entire text of The Idaho Statesman's coverage of this hearing
Read the entire text of YFFN board member's
testimony to the House Judiciary and Rules Committee
(Republican Representative from DISTRICT 18 -
Ask her to explain how a bill designed to openly discriminate against gays and
lesbians is not about hate
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Stop This Legislation?