The primary purpose of a government constitution is to recognize and protect individual rights. Such a sacred document should only be amended when absolutely necessary, and only in the case of expanding rights, not limiting them. This was the case with the Bill of Rights — the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Every once in a while, misguided populist sentiment forces constitutional amendments to be rammed through that limit rights, instead of expand them. This was the case with the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed for the Prohibition of alcohol, until it was rightfully repealed by the 21st Amendment, some 13 years later. This was also the case with Article III, Section 28 of the Idaho Constitution, banning certain people from getting married.
The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America has affirmed that it does indeed protect the right of all adults to enjoy all the benefits of marriage. The U.S. Constitution also trumps state constitutions, whenever the latter violate those rights. It’s time to remove that obsolete, hateful language from the Idaho Constitution and restore freedom and dignity to Idaho.
Nick Anderson, Boise
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