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Idaho Republican Party Toe-Taps Larry Craig to Serve as Finance Chair: VIDEO

CraigThe Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Senator Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee, the Associated Press reports.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering Craig was ordered last month to pay the U.S. treasury almost $250,000 for improper use of campaign funds defending his infamous 2007 Minneapolis airport restroom cruising. 

No word yet on whether the job offer was communicated to Craig via a game of bathroom footsie. 

Check out the The Washington Post's recreation of the stall incident, filmed at the actual scene of the "crime", AFTER THE JUMP...

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Deceased Transgender Woman Presented As A Man During Wake; Friends, Mentors Furious

Friends of a transgender woman who died suddenly in October were shocked to see their friend presented as a man in an open casket during her funeral service reports The Miami Herald. Jennifer Gable, born Geoff Gable, died suddenly on her shift with Wells Fargo as a customer service coordinator; an aneurysm is suspected of killing the otherwise healthy woman. Gable's friends attended the funeral, but upon seeing Gable's body in the casket they found themselves disgusted with what had been done to Gable's body.

Gable“I am disgusted. A great and dear friend’s mom went to the funeral today. It was not closed casket. They cut her hair, suit on. How can they bury her as Geoff when she legally changed her name. So very sad. Jen you will be missed and people who know you know that you are at peace.”Said Gable's friend, Stacy Dee Hudson, in a post on Facebook:

Gable's obituary explicitly referred to her as male, even though Gable legally changed her name to Jennifer long before her death. Meghan Stabler, a board member of the Human Rights Campaign and member of HRC’s National Business Council, expressed disdain for the lack of respect given to Gable's body and identity.

Said Stabler:

“No mention of the woman she knew she was and had lived as for several years. Just erosion of her identity and an old photograph of how the father perceived her to be.

"She had done what she needed to do legally to be seen as her authentic self. Her father erased her identity either though ignorance or arrogance, but who knows what the parent was going through?”

Stabler met Gable online after she reached out to her for advice on how to proceed with the transition process. Mike Parke of Magic Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Twin Falls said Gable’s death certificate listed her as male and buried her accordingly.

Said Parke:

"The death certificate says Geoffrey AKA Jennifer Gable. The last few years she lived as Jennifer. They buried him as Geoff. A tormented situation for all those involved."


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Governor Butch Otter Wins Re-Election In Idaho, Vows Not To Back Down From Gay Marriage Fight: VIDEO

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Republican incumbent Butch Otter has been re-elected to Idaho's top office. Otter has been an outspoken opponent of marriage equality despite a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, a ruling that was upheld when the Supreme Court decided not to take up an appeal of the case. Now, re-invigorated by his victory, Otter has reiterated that he will not be backing down from his anti-equality stance. From KTVB:

The newly re-elected governor vowed not to back down in the fight against gay marriage. Otter said he did not believe any Idahoans purposefully discriminate against gays.

"We don't have anything against the gay lesbian society," he said. "But what we do believe in is traditional marriage. We believe in that to the degree that in 2006 we passed by an overwhelming majority a Constitutional amendment, and we don't change our Constitution on a whim."

Otter also defeated openly gay candidate Steve Pankey of the Constitution Party who was only able to muster 1% of the vote. 

Watch a video on Otter's victory, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Families Crash Bigoted Idaho Governor Butch Otter's Halloween Event: VIDEO

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A group of gay and lesbian families and allies from the "Add the Four Words" activist group went to the steps of the Idaho statehouse on Friday where Governor Butch Otter was having a "trick-or-treat" Halloween party  for constituents, ABC6 reports:

They carried treat bags that read "another Idaho family who supports A.J. Baulkoff governor."

They even posed for a picture with the governor and his wife, saying "Idaho's new family" before snapping the shot -- something many thought they would never have the chance to say.

"It was mixed emotions, but mostly I am just excited that as a family we could even have the thought to come down here,” said Ty Carson. “I've lived here, I'm a third generation Idahoan and I would have never thought that my family would be welcome at the capitol building. I was full of excitement. My heart was racing."

Otter has vowed to keep fighting the Ninth Circuit decision which overturned the state's gay marriage ban and said last week in debate that he's "not ready to surrender to a few folks in black robes." The governor has filed a long shot petition asking  for an en banc rehearing of the case by the full court.

Watch ABC6's report (autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter Vows to Continue Wasting Taxpayer Money Fighting Gay Marriage

Marriage equality is already the law of the land in Idaho, thanks to the Ninth Circuit's mandate striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. But you wouldn't know that listening to Governor Butch Otter, who continues to treat the courtroom battle over gay marriage as a winnable campaign issue.

OtterAt a gubernatorial debate last night, Otter declared he's "not ready to surrender to a few folks in black robes," The Huffington Post reports:

When Idaho adopted a constitutional amendment in 2006 banning same-sex marriage, "those people were voting for a value that they had and they were expressing that," he said.

A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, said Otter was fighting "a losing battle."

"At this point, the ship has sailed," Balukoff said. "You're not going to win that battle in federal court. You might as well start arguing about interracial marriage."

Last week, we reported Otter had filed a long-shot petition asking the full Ninth Circuit to re-hear the case challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

Curiously enough, the Associated Press adds Otter voiced support for extending non-discrimination protections to LGBT citizens should such a bill come to his desk. 

Although he voiced some reservations, Otter said he would sign legislation that would add the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to Idaho's Human Rights Act. Currently, same-sex couples may marry in Idaho but there is no legal protection if they are fired or kicked out of their homes.

Otter said there would be a hearing during the 2015 legislative session. However, it's ultimately up to state lawmakers to pass the bill.


Lewiston, Idaho Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

IdahoThe city of Lewiston, Idaho has become the 9th city in the state to ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation based on sexual orientation, gender identity or familial status. As The Lewiston Tribune reports, the vote came last night and the ordinance passed 5-2. 

One of the two "no" votes came from Mayor Pro Tem R.J. Johnson who previously commented that the ordinance would infringe “on our basic civil liberties." Councilor Clinton Daniels cast the other "no vote", surprising few as he was equally as concerned as Johnson in the lead up to the vote about how the legislation could lead to jail time and fines for those refusing to serve LGBT customers:

"My strong belief in liberty compels me to oppose ordinances that do not respect private property, freedom of association, and voluntary contracts; even when the stated goal of such ordinances is something I support.

When you engage in commerce, whether it be for a personal sale or a commercial one, it is a form of a contract, and in a free society all contracts should be voluntary."


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