Recent letters to the editor have decried the decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale striking down Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage, calling the decision "judicial activism." One recent letter asks "how one federal magistrate is able to overturn a state constitution."
The real question should be: how could Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden have allowed this discriminatory and inflammatory measure to be added to the ballot in the first place? Wasden claims to "ensure justice for all Idahoans" on his Committee to Elect Lawrence Wasden Attorney General website. Is it possible this University of Idaho law school graduate nodded off in class the day they discussed the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment ot the U.S. Constitution? That was one expensive nap.
Right thinking Idahoans congratulate U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on her correct decision to right a grievous wrong and wish the tax dollars being wasted to defend this clearly illegal amendment were being better spent.
Paul Rogers, Boise