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Same-Sex Marriage Ok'd In Utah: What About Idaho?
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) On December 20th, the state of Utah joined a growing number of states legalizing same sex marriage.
With Utah and Idaho sharing a border... Could this be a sign of change on the horizon for the gem state?
Joey martin for Idaho’s first new got a feel for how some locals feel on the matter and what one state legislator had to say.
To date there are 17 states that recognize the marriage between same sex couples.
Effective June 1st, 2014... Illinois will be the 18th.
But now with conservative Utah’s legalization of gay marriage in a court decision.
Does that mean more and more states will start to cross the picket line.
And if so ... Who's next?
"Its culturally changing... it's an issue that's changing very rapidly... I think a lot faster than a lot of people ever figured."
With states like Washington, California and now Utah legalizing gay marriage...
Does this mean, someday, same sex marriage could be permitted here in the gem state?
"this issue is one that's really been changing fast. 10 years ago if you would poll it would say... ok, no this isn't an issue that were interested in. fast–forward to the last couple years there's been a lot of gay marriage laws on the books in various states."
Said Donna Pence, District 26 state Representative.
Idaho and Utah not only share conservative attitudes but also very similar legislation.
So does a ruling in Utah impact the decisions made in Idaho?
"I don't think we have a choice on it. It kind of interesting because Utah's Legislation is very similar to what legislation we've passed."
Currently the Utah Attorney General's Office is now taking legal steps in an effort to stop the ruling.
They're asking Judge Shelby who ruled against Utah’s marriage law, to consider a stay in his ruling, allowing Utah time to defend amendment three.
So what does that mean for Idaho?
"If it gets overthrown then I think ours maybe too."
We wanted to know how local Idahoans feel on the matter...
So we posted the question on our KMVT Facebook page...
With same sex marriage now legal in Utah... Do you think it will become legal in the gem state?
Heather Deaton said…
"Utah is by far the most conservative state. A precedence has been set."
Melissa Davis agrees.
"I hope it does, people should be allowed to be with whomever they love... no matter what sex they are. Everyone needs someone to love them."
But it wasn't a one sided conversation.
Those who were opposed to same sex marriage responded also.
Kenneth Debski said…
And Bryant Salazar agrees also saying…
"I really hope it doesn't."
And now only time will tell.
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