The 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.