Idaho CD2: Incumbent Simpson supports halt on Idaho gay marriage

sberg@idahostatesman.comMay 15, 2014 

— In brief statements Thursday, the campaigns for candidates to represent Idaho's 2d congressional district said they're in favor of "traditional marriage." 

In keeping with his style this election season, the campaign for challenger Bryan Smith, an Idaho Falls attorney, had the shorter answer:

"Bryan believes in traditional marriage between a man and a woman."

Incumbent Mike Simpson's answer wasn't much longer and came as no surprise:

"As a long-time supporter of traditional marriage, I was disappointed with yesterday's court decision," Simpson said in a statement through his campaign. "I fully support the efforts of Governor (Butch) Otter and Attorney General (Lawrence) Wasden to seek a stay on the decision and appeal the ruling."

In a separate email, Simpson's campaign said he's in favor of Thursday's decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which granted a temporary stay on federal Judge Candace Dale's ruling to allow same-sex marriages in Idaho starting Friday morning.

It's likely Smith agrees with Simpson's position on this point, but I haven't heard the confirmation from his campaign yet. Stay tuned. 

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