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posted Friday, April 11 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 15
Pocatello, Idaho fights against Proposition One
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Pocatello, Idaho fights against Proposition One

by Victor Bogatko - SGN Contributing Writer

In December of 2011, Sandpoint, Idaho became the first city in the state to pass a non-discrimination ordinance protecting the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Since then, more cities in the state have pursued similar ordinances, including Boise, Idaho's capitol and largest city.

Though these extraordinary victories in our more traditionally conservative neighbor are encouraging, they have not come without aggressive opposition from Idaho's Republican Party. Last summer Pocatello became the sixth Idahoan city to pass such an ordinance and Idaho's ruling party decided it had had enough. Shortly after the ordinance passed on a 4-2 vote, Republican Party leaders called on the state legislature to invalidate local city ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

This spring Republican Party leaders are at it again, now threatening to roll back Pocatello's new found human rights ordinance using another tactic - a ballot proposition. With early voting already taking place, Pocatellans will decide the fate of last summer's non-discrimination ordinance next month.

In response to the ballot proposition, a group of Pocatello residents has formed a campaign called Fair Pocatello, with one goal in mind - keeping the non-discrimination ordinance in place. Knocking on doors, making phone calls, and encouraging people to vote, the group is challenging Proposition One the old fashioned way. Hoping to win the hearts and minds of voters, Fair Pocatello has an important mission to accomplish and an even more important precedent to set. Jonny Carkin, the group's manager says 'protecting this ordinance has implications beyond Pocatello and beyond Idaho ... If Prop One passes, it could very likely send a message to other groups in other places that this is a viable strategy for rolling back the tide on these basic protections against discrimination.'

With decision day nearing, both big money and scare tactics have been employed by proponents of the initiative, but Fair Pocatello is showing no signs of being bullied. Carkin says he is 'confident that they can speak with enough voters and let them know that this law is about fairness and opportunity and that no one deserves to be treated as a second class citizen for who they are or who they love.'

Meanwhile, Idaho's governor requested the State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approve $1 million to defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

A 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment is being challenged by four couples, arguing that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution's equal protection and due process guarantees. Idaho's governor, however, argued in legal filings that states, not the federal government, have the right to define marriage. Adding that only opposite sex marriages encourage 'stable, husband-wife unions for the benefit of their children,' Idaho's governor is banking on an argument that has already been thrown out by several federal judges in several states, including Utah.

Though the committee approved the request by Idaho's governor, not everyone agrees it is a good idea. Democratic representative Shirley Ringo of Moscow voted against allocating the money to defend the ban, saying 'I wasn't interested in spending money on supporting a bad decision.' She added, 'It won't hold up constitutionally.'

A judge is expected to hear the case this summer.

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