I am weary of hearing Gov. Otter say that the courts’ decisions that our LGBTQ friends and family deserve the right to be married are “contrary to the will of the people.” The fact that a constitutional amendment was passed in Idaho nearly a decade ago does not necessarily reflect the will of the majority of Idaho residents today. I think there is an excellent chance that, if that same amendment were to show up on the ballot now, it would fail.
That is the problem with amending the constitution to attempt to forever ensure one point of view will prevail. People are capable of embracing new ideas and discarding old prejudices. Hearts can soften. We are becoming more inclusive, more caring. May the trend continue.
Louise Jacobsen, Boise