Gov. Butch Otter:
“Today’s decision is truly disappointing for states, including Idaho, where the people chose to define marriage for themselves as between one man and one woman. I have maintained from the very beginning that it should be the prerogative of the states – not the courts – to determine whether same-sex marriage is consistent with the values, character, and moral fabric of that particular state. That is why it was especially troubling that the Court treated the 10th Amendment as a footnote, instead of the guiding principle our founding fathers intended.”
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, via a spokesman:
“The U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. We will review the decision and begin to evaluate what, if any, kind of impact it has on Idaho.”
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Rep. Raul Labrador:
“Today, a slim majority of the Supreme Court took away the right of the people of each state to define marriage. The decision turns the principles of democracy on their head. As Justice Scalia correctly states in his dissent, our founding documents gave the citizens of this great nation the ‘freedom to govern themselves.’ That freedom was taken away today in the name of ‘liberties’ not mentioned in the Constitution.
“The decision makes it all the more important that Congress move to protect the religious liberty of those who believe in traditional marriage. No American should be penalized for following their religious beliefs or moral convictions. ...”
Labrador introduced a bill June 17 to “prohibit any federal agency from denying a tax exemption, grant, contract, license or certification to an individual, association, or business based on their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.” It is a companion bill to one introduced by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.
Rep. Mike Simpson, via spokeswoman:
“Congressman Simpson is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s action today and believes the definition of marriage is best determined by the individual states. At the same time, Congressman Simpson respects the rule of law and the decision of our nation’s highest court. Our nation has many pressing matters before it, including the debt and deficit, tax reform, entitlement reform, immigration reform and a number of other critical issues that should be the primary focus of Congress over the coming weeks and months.”
Sen. Mike Crapo:
“I strongly disagree with today’s ruling. Each state has the right to make this decision. The 10th Amendment says ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.’”
Sen. Jim Risch:
A spokeswoman said Risch was “out of pocket” Friday.