Idaho Lawmakers Want Judges Impeached For Pro-Gay Marriage Rulings

| by Michael Allen

Idaho's House of Representatives recently passed a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to impeach any federal judges who rule for gay marriage.

Idaho banned gay marriage in 2006, but that ban was overturned by a federal court on Oct. 16, 2014.

The state's House voted 44-25 for the impeachment resolution, HJM 4, last Friday. There were 11 Republicans who joined 14 Democrats to vote against it.

State Rep. Paul Shepherd (R), who wrote the measure, told the House: "You can’t say an immoral behavior according to God’s word, what we’ve all been taught since the beginning, is something that’s just, and that’s really kinda what this is all about. We’d better uphold Christian morals," noted The Spokesman-Review.

State Rep. Ken Andrus (R) lamented the power of federal judges, which is guaranteed in the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

“The thing that bothers me is that a small group of judges are ignoring the will of the people from several states,” Andrus stated.

State House Minority Leader John Rusche (D) said that lawmakers had “fundamental error” in understanding the role of the federal courts.

State Rep. Linden Bateman (R) claimed, "The men that wrote the 14th Amendment would be turning over in their graves if they could see it was being interpreted in such a way as to force states to accept same-sex marriage,” reports MagicValley.com.

"Is my marriage so despicable that a federal judge should be impeached?” state Rep. John McCrostie (D), an openly gay lawmaker, countered.

“This speaks to a class of Idahoans,” McCrostie added. “It speaks to a class of people who deserve, under the law, to be treated equally and without discrimination.”

Sources: The Spokesman-Review, MagicValley.com
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