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Supreme Court Decision Won’t Affect Idaho Directly Says AG

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says landmark decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court on two gay marriage cases will have no direct impact on Idaho’s law banning same-sex marriage.

In 2006, 63 percent of Idaho voters backed a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman as the only legal union recognized by the state. On Wednesday, the nation’s highest court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. But the justices said nothing about the validity of gay marriage bans in states like Idaho.

A separate decision focuses on California’s gay marriage law. Wasden says Idaho’s constitutional provisions on marriage remain in place and he will continue enforcing the law. However, he said his staff is still reviewing the opinion to determine if the decision creates any conflicts.

 

 

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