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Idaho is About to Throw $1 Million Away Defending the State's Gay Marriage Ban

OtterThe Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has approved a $1 million budget request to defend the state's gay marriage ban, KTVB reports:

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the committee endorsed a request by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (pictured) to transfer the money from the general fund to the Constitutional Defense Fund in anticipation of a legal fight.

If there is a trial at all.

Earlier this month, four couples who filed suit in Idaho in November requested that the federal judge overseeing the lawsuit strike down the ban without a trial, saying the overwhelming rulings in other parts of the country make it clear that Idaho's ban violates the Constitution.

What a waste. To think the state could actually be making money with marriage equality. Taxpayers should be outraged.

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  1. because the economy, right? and cutting back on that useless spending? right?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 27, 2014 2:13:22 PM

  2. If you give that million dollars, I can not only defend your "cause" and getting the SAME-EXACT result ( a resound UNCONSTITUTIONAL), but I will also use some of that million dollars to help kids with Autism, and buy myself some KICKASS shoes in the process.

    A win-win! Trust me.

    Posted by: Mags | Feb 27, 2014 2:13:38 PM

  3. *give me, I meant give ME that million dollars

    Posted by: Mags | Feb 27, 2014 2:15:13 PM


    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Feb 27, 2014 2:15:29 PM

  5. Because... Jeebus!

    Posted by: Mark Alexander | Feb 27, 2014 2:18:06 PM

  6. He's not throwing away $1,000,000. He's lining the pockets of some like-minded lawyers.

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Feb 27, 2014 2:20:34 PM

  7. @Throwslikeame, there's nothing wrong with the name Butch Otter, as it happens to also be my gay aunt's nickname. A fine one for a fine Lady indeed!

    Posted by: Mags | Feb 27, 2014 2:22:25 PM

  8. Won't someone think of the children!!

    The children who could benefit from educational funding wasted defending an indefensible law.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 27, 2014 2:25:23 PM

  9. outrage? Idahoans are dimmer than your average Texan. Between the morons, oops i mean mormons, and the survivalists the IQ isn't within ten points of three digits.

    Posted by: terry | Feb 27, 2014 2:34:32 PM

  10. Hey Idahoans - you have any unemployed who benefits have run out? Homeless? drying up food pantrys?? lol - Im sure You LOVE the GOP priorities

    Posted by: disgusted american | Feb 27, 2014 2:48:37 PM

  11. Butch Otter? Are we sure that isn't his nickname on Grindr?

    Posted by: 604brian | Feb 27, 2014 2:59:50 PM

  12. The gay marriage bans are turning out to be Full Employment for Lawyers Acts.

    Butch Otter sounds like a name for somebody who'd be popular in Provincetown.

    Posted by: Fester | Feb 27, 2014 3:03:17 PM

  13. Utah only had to appropriate $300K for their challenge. Why so much more for Idaho Butch?

    Posted by: RayRay | Feb 27, 2014 3:07:15 PM

  14. Ha ha ha.
    "Butch" Otter.....the jokes are so good.

    That's not a Butch Otter it's a beaver.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 27, 2014 4:00:34 PM

  15. They should give it to Lisa Kudrow - if you read today's tabloids.

    Posted by: Neil | Feb 27, 2014 5:14:28 PM

  16. One million dollars. That is how many potatoes?

    Posted by: simon | Feb 27, 2014 6:09:36 PM

  17. and the equally "brilliant' Republican governor Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania is spending millions to "defend" his stance on marriage equality....a total waste of time, money, resources.........

    Posted by: Bernie | Feb 27, 2014 7:08:08 PM

  18. Butch Otter--someone in Idaho doesn't have a clue as to what the word Butch means?

    Posted by: *****overTX | Feb 27, 2014 11:53:49 PM

  19. The Idaho governor is neither butch nor an otter. He appears to be a mincing bigot.

    Who in Idaho sits idly by while $1,000,000 gets hoisted down the shoot to the governor's fellow anti-gay cronies---with zero chance of an impact. Even if they win (they won't), winning for them would harm the state and the nation. These bigots just don't get it.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Feb 28, 2014 2:37:23 AM

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