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Idaho approves $1 million to defend same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee has approved spending $1 million to defend the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Idaho state capitol in Boise.

Idaho state capitol in Boise.

The committee endorsed a request by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to transfer the money from the general fund to the Constitutional Defense Fund in anticipation of a legal fight, reported The Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Idaho law recognizes only marriages between a man and a woman, and a 2006 voter-enacted constitutional amendment bans same-sex marriages.

Four couples in November filed a lawsuit challenging Idaho’s same-sex-marriage ban, arguing that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process guarantees.

Otter has argued in legal filings that states, not the federal government, have the right to define marriage. He contends that Idaho’s laws banning same-sex marriage are vital to the state’s goal of creating “stable, husband-wife unions for the benefit of their children.”

Federal judges have voided all or part of voter-approved bans on same-sex marriage in Utah, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Appeals are pending. On Wednesday, a federal judge struck down Texas’ ban on gay marriage but postponed action pending appeals in separate courts.

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Jon Hanian, Otter’s press secretary, told the newspaper on Wednesday the Constitutional Defense Fund was created in 1995 to defend the state and its constitution. Some legal fights so far, he said, have included such things as conflicts with the Endangered Species Act and parental consent for abortions.

Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, voted against allocating the money to defend the ban.

“I wasn’t interested in spending money on supporting a bad decision,” Ringo said. “It won’t hold up constitutionally.”

She said she’d rather see the $1 million go toward raising salaries for state employees and teachers.

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  1. Hiss. Boo. You fucking stink Idaho. Lol.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:33pm
  2. ~%Fiscal conservative logic%~

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:34pm
  3. They got money like that to throw away..they should need no federal assistance at all

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:35pm
  4. Because that money can’t be used for oh let’s say food for poor children?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:35pm
  5. No those dead beats need to get jobs! /sarcasm

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:36pm
  6. Ugh. Wasted money.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:44pm
  7. Renee children hungry cannot work. Mothers and fathers, some, can't work. That money could have gone for much better use.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:50pm
  8. Clyde Fee...note Renee being sarcastic

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:07pm
  9. so thats what they use our taxes for?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:35pm
  10. Are u serious!? Spend the money on something more important than bigotry!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:36pm
  11. Utah same way

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:36pm
  12. How many poor children could eat if that money was directed to them instead of being used to perpetuate bigotry?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:36pm
  13. That could’ve gone to public education. Just saying. -_-

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:36pm
  14. Thats terrible, $ should be used to fight poverty, abuse…. Not love!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:36pm
  15. 1 million toward Hate… What’s wrong with these people.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  16. they hate. you answered your own question.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:57pm
  17. This is a ridiculous use of governement money, such a complete waste!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  18. ROFL! That’s one night of partying for our community. We can raise twice that. Let’s play. This shits about to get real.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  19. I bet Texas will spend even more.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  20. Throwing the gauntlet down. Not smart.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  21. Go ahead an waste tax payer money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  22. Wasted tax money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:37pm
  23. What a waste of money that could be used for so many other things!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:38pm
  24. $1 million that could be used to actually help people instead of this ridiculous ban.. People really need to get their heads of of their asses.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:38pm
  25. So we have hungry people, and these bastards are throwing away 1million. Very interesting.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:38pm
  26. Money down the drain… All in the name of hate and ignorance.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:38pm
  27. waste your time..waste your money… the victory is ours

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:39pm
  28. Love u too idaho………..NOT

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:39pm
  29. Idaho needs to learn the 1950s are ovrr.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:39pm
  30. Another example of idiotic government spending. Pretty soon, the feds are just going to step in and make this a national law. Discrimination is exactly what this is. It is no different than discrimination against any other minority group. And the bs arguments about “voter approved” it’s a load of shite. When the majority it’s voting for laws of the minority, what the hell do they think will happen. We need federal protection and we need it now! These states need to stop wasting money on this crap!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:39pm
  31. So many hungry homeless could be fed with that amount SMH I think Jesus would prefer to feed the homeless and poor than to fight an unjust fight.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
  32. That’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. The ban won’t hold up. Shame on you, Idaho.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
  33. Throwing good money after bad. That is a complete waste of a million bucks that could do so much good for Idaho. They should keep the focus on their potatoes.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
  34. Another state wasting money to fight the inevitable..equality.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
  35. Make discrimination as expensive as you can!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
  36. Waste of money, also descrimanotoey

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:40pm
  37. What an absolute waste of money that could be used to improve lives of the citizens of that state.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:41pm
  38. That is what they are going to spend a million dollars on? What an absolute joke that is! Give it up people! Freedom will prevail in the end! Spend that money on improving the state of Idaho, not some idiotic thing like banning freedom!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:41pm
  39. Wow, such a waste of money.. Let me guess this was approved by close minded republicans??

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:42pm
  40. That money could be spent on something better like education, poverty. Not toward hate.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:42pm
  41. Idaho, you are so dumb, throwing away money that your going to lose big on, but hey it’s your huge loss not anyone else’s. Equality is going to kick your selfish bigoted butts.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:42pm
  42. Only one million?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:42pm
  43. Wow piss more money away?!?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:42pm
  44. Crooks!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:43pm
  45. Such a waste. Too bad this money couldn’t be spent on education or homelessness.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:44pm
  46. Oh sure $1 million that could have been used for the homeless shelters, or the ever growing pot holes, but hey let’s use money on something at least 60% of the Country agrees to

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:44pm
  47. MiThe money is going towards hate. Why not put the money towards anti-bullying in schools, buliding a homeless shelter, or feeding the hungry.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:44pm
  48. Okay, Idaho, wake up and smell the roses! I agree with Kevin Dombrow, use the money for good for the people

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:45pm
  49. I wonder how many ordinary people in Idaho approve of, or even know, their idiot legislature’s action.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:46pm
  50. what a waste of tax payers’ money!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:46pm
  51. What a waste of money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:46pm
  52. Wasting $! …should go to state employees and teachers!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:46pm
  53. Fucking Idaho…I love my state but am incredibly disappointed in our leadership’s narrow minds and hollow hearts.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:47pm
  54. That’s an awful alot of Medicaid expansion and aid to the poor.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:47pm
  55. So we’re gonna spend 1 mil to defend a ban… when allowing it could create multi-million from the wedding industry. Way to go- because we’re murica! Dumb dumb dumb! Freedom isn’t free….

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:47pm
  56. A waste of tax money homophobic bigots we should protest at the state offices this act to prevent equality for gays!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:47pm
  57. the lesson here is that bigotry is expensive

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:47pm
  58. Money down the drain

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:48pm
  59. Anti gay apartheid is unacceptable !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:49pm
  60. Waste the tax payers money and find yourself voted out come next election!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:49pm
  61. I’m positive the state of Ohio has homeless and hungry people that would appreciate that money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:49pm
  62. Glsd they have it to spare. Remember next time sales tax increase requested.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:49pm
  63. They better not be using any of my tax money for this.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:50pm
  64. Damn that’s some pointless money spending…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:50pm
  65. Good Move people of Ohio Another Million Thrown away ON A CASE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:51pm
  66. Waste of money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:51pm
  67. waste of money on hatred… Its should be spent on other things such as children school educations & road repairs etc…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:51pm
  68. I’m so glad I’m moving out of Idaho.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:51pm
  69. Dats a lot of taters!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:51pm
  70. And how many things would be helped by that 1 million wasted? Stupid assholes!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:52pm
  71. Wait. Gov Butch Otter? Seriously?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:53pm
  72. What a great use of tax payers money – NOT! I have no words for the stupidity of the US and their homophobia!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:53pm
  73. Headline should actually read:

    “Idaho Approves $1 Million To Go Into a Giant Flammable Bag and Set On Fire for No Particular Reason”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:54pm
  74. So predictable it is really sad who wants to be remembered for spending money to fight love . Oh well guess the kids in that state can go with out education, infulstuctire or food stamps etc etc because no we had to . Wake up people and vote they are using your tax money for this.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:54pm
  75. Waste of money. What a shame, people are so afraid of what they don’t understand.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:54pm
  76. …I thought it was supposedly the dems that were responsible for wasteful government spending….do these ignoramuses know how much good that million dollar outlay could actually do if spent on something other than the beating of a decidedly dead horse?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:55pm
  77. Because that’s totally worth the money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:55pm
  78. Hope there aren’t schools that need materials, hungry children, or elderly in the cold where that $ would be better spent

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:56pm
  79. What hideous waste of money, that could have gone to something better than trying to take away a human right. Totally disgusting act by Idaho’s government

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:56pm
  80. I find it hard to understand all these haters….what’s going on with them?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:56pm
  81. 4 7th in education but I guess stopping people from loving one another and spreading hate is a million times more important.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:57pm
  82. Vote them all out of office for wasting taxpayer money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:58pm
  83. Wasting money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:58pm
  84. Wasted funds that would better serve our veterans and homeless.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:59pm
  85. Think of all the things that much money could have been used for that would have a positive effect. Oh well, red states love wasting money. This is one of those states that get more federal funds than taxes paid.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:59pm
  86. Yes, it makes so much sense to waste $1 M rather than use it for something worthwhile!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00pm
  87. Do they have homeless people in that State?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00pm
  88. Waste of money. It violates the federal constitution. They can’t win.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:01pm
  89. I say these states get all federal money cut from them.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:01pm
  90. Well there goes money down the drain. Give it up people. The times, they are a changing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:01pm
  91. :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:01pm
  92. It’s not like it’s a state anyone cares about……

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:02pm
  93. Money down the tubes! They are on the wrong side of progress for human rights.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:02pm
  94. Give me the million & I will shoo The Gays away at the border! Trust me, none of the gays I know will be even visiting…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:02pm
  95. Really!!! Don’t want to use that money on things like homeless ????

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:02pm
  96. Wow it’s interesting to see this nonsense because it helps put the enemy were we can see them

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:02pm
  97. HAHA!! Money well spent

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:03pm
  98. Seriously. This sh!t is ridiculous.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:05pm
  99. yay for the million wasted fighting the LGBTs

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:07pm
  100. Spend it on a real-world problem, please

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:09pm
  101. Waste of $

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:10pm
  102. What a waste of money.
    A million to fight evolution

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:11pm
  103. Evolution happens!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:11pm
  104. a million dollars out of PUBLIC taxpayer fund to defend a RELIGIOUS FANTASY. I smell a skunk in the woodpile!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:12pm
  105. Pathetic.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:12pm
  106. What a waste of a million dollars

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:14pm
  107. notice that each State that is against it…is notoriously a REPUBLICAN STATE…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:14pm
  108. o gud

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:15pm
  109. AYO WHERE DA WITE WIMMEN AT HOLLA AT ME BBYS FOR SUM FUK

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:18pm
  110. OMG!!! I am so glad my aunt does not live there anymore.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:18pm
  111. One word …LUDICROUS………

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:19pm
  112. dayum striaght #bro

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:20pm
  113. Does Idaho have a habit of dumping a million bucks down the toilet? Because that’s what they’re doing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:20pm
  114. apparently all their roads and bridges are fine, and KEVIN DOMBROW, the GOP believes that being poor is a moral failing, and the poors need to be punished so they can do bootstrap stuff.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:21pm
  115. Is that how their economy works with the government? Using money against something that doesn’t even oppose a threat. What a waste.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:21pm
  116. This is a new tommorow for AMERICA

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:24pm
  117. a classic example of conservative spending

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:26pm
  118. Good for them. Pretty sure the money would be better used subsidizing potato farmers, though…

    Damn…now I want some fries :-P

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:27pm
  119. oh, look: more “small government/fiscal conservatism” at work…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:28pm
  120. All of this money to use against something that will eventually succeed instead of providing food and shelter to those in need. *golfclap*

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:30pm
  121. Religion should not take away from someone’s rights as a human being ! Keep religion private! Religion is killing this world !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:30pm
  122. On the other hand of this story, One million wont go far in the hands of Lawyers

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:33pm
  123. Such a waste of tax payers money on a losing proposition.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:34pm
  124. Waht a wast of money pfffff I can’t believe it, they are going crasy.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:38pm
  125. Fuck Idaho

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:38pm
  126. This fight will not stop until money is spent. Unfortunately!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:39pm
  127. Yuck – don’t these people have better things to do with themselves?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:40pm
  128. Wasting tax-payer money on what is clearly indefensible. To quote the first response I see here, “Spend it on a real-world problem, please.”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:40pm
  129. Wasteful bigots!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:41pm
  130. Are you really that afraid of my Family……

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:41pm
  131. Good luck with that. Marriage equality will happen no matter what. Waste as much money as you can. Your country will thank you.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:43pm
  132. A Million dollars to defend bigotry, when it could be creating jobs or feeding the poor :( The devil must be loving it!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:47pm
  133. Idaho is going broke and they are using our tax-payer money for this..!!! Use our money on food and shelter for the needy people in Idaho.. Let the people live they way they want too it’s not you livening with them…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:48pm
  134. What a waste of money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:49pm
  135. Wasting tax dollars to discriminate. Shameful.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:50pm
  136. They will not succeed. Grow up, Idaho.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:51pm
  137. Booo Hiss Idaho!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:54pm
  138. Is this even legal?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:55pm
  139. I’m not buying potatoes any more

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:55pm
  140. What a bunch of crap!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:57pm
  141. here’s a thought for ya, take that money house the homeless or feed hungry children, help the elderly stay in their homes, just sayin there more important things to do with 3 million dollars

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:58pm
  142. What a waste of tax payers monies. Spend it on infrastructure and such.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:59pm
  143. Its pitiful that they are willing to waste tax payer’s money like that on an issue they will not win, when it could be spent to help people, not hurt people.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:01pm
  144. where does this shit come from, assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:09pm
  145. This is ridiculous. Ultimately, it’s going to be the law. This is just throwing good money after bad.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:13pm
  146. What a waste of money!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:13pm
  147. Ditto with Kevin..

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:14pm
  148. Throw as much $$$ away as you like, it’ll all be for naught in the end. Millions of dollars won’t overcome constitutional principles.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:14pm
  149. That’s not gonna be near enough!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:15pm
  150. c’mon kevin now how christain would that be?? lol

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:17pm
  151. oh look….a million bucks that could be spent i dunno….building homes, helping schools….etc…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:17pm
  152. I know this one Alex. What’s going to be gone in 60 seconds?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:18pm
  153. Money not well spent! LMAO!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:19pm
  154. This house will fall just as all the rest have fallen!! Truth and Justice will prevail always .. Just a matter of time .

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:20pm
  155. Republican hate marches on.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:20pm
  156. Idaho you are going regret that .

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:23pm
  157. Waste of money, but let them pay, love will win and the haters will be morally and financially bankrupt

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:24pm
  158. What a waste of tax payer money!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:25pm
  159. Good thing no one gives a shit about Idaho. California grows potatoes too.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:26pm
  160. But, so sad to waste so much money on a liost cause .. Idaho your lawmakers know this but, some have greed in their hearts and don’t give a shit about the many Idahoans who could really use these funds for much more important things , let’s say food ,housing ,heat ,electricity ect.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:27pm
  161. For Shame Idaho, for shame. the money would be better spent else where…..like job creation yathink.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:28pm
  162. That money would be better spent feeding the poor.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:31pm
  163. How ironic. Conservatives will complain about the costs of feeding hungry children or unemployment benefits but don’t even flench at the thought of money being spent to defend a law that is contrary to human rights.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:32pm
  164. Money not well spent. So much for the RepubliCANT’S doing anything productive.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:37pm
  165. lose the h8 Idaho

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:39pm
  166. Could that $1 million have been better used supporting better education within the state or at the very least giving the 1% another tax break?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:39pm
  167. What a fucking waste of money, e3specially with so many poor people in that state alone. Be ashamed, assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8:51pm
  168. Idiots don’t see beyond their prejudice. This just proves it!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:00pm
  169. Such a waste….

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:01pm
  170. Such a waste of money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:04pm
  171. Is this 1 million tax money that gays and lesbians have paid into also? This should be illegal.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:05pm
  172. Not

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:05pm
  173. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:06pm
  174. I hate seeing all this money go to waste. There are actual people starving, animals being abused, fraud being committed, etc. and this money is going towards this. It is truly a crying shame. I can only imagine how much has been wasted, in total, by all states.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:11pm
  175. What a shame. A million dollars could help lots of people and organizations that do good and try to help people and the environment. Instead it goes towards hate and ignorance and into a crusade that is going to fail in the long run.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:18pm
  176. I refuse to hit the like button.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:23pm
  177. O whatever to hell with all of you

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:23pm
  178. More morons!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:23pm
  179. Republicans cut money for food stamps to fund defense for religious bigot laws.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:26pm
  180. Taxpayer money used for government sanctioned discrimination. Wake up Idaho. This is the type of government you want?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:29pm
  181. boo

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:29pm
  182. No matter – Idaho is gonna be joining the list of States ridding themselves of their hateful legislation. Kevin said it best – aren’t there Idahoans that are in need of housing? Food? Education? Decent representation?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:30pm
  183. So sad they would rather use money like this to try to deny other people the same rights they have instead of using it to feed and house people who are hungry and living in the streets. Such a waste of taxpayers money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:31pm
  184. Fucking throwback douchebags.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:31pm
  185. I fear for their collective karma’s prognosis

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:34pm
  186. $1 mil wasted – better to feed the poor

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:40pm
  187. Make it $10 million.

    And get ready to lose any way! ROFLMFAO

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:41pm
  188. Very sad and definetly a waste of the State’s money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:53pm
  189. What a waste of time and money

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:57pm
  190. They probably took it from the education budget. Seems to be their usual response.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:58pm
  191. Got money and potatoe

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  192. Because gays committed to one another is such a scary thought.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:59pm
  193. The Republicans are at it again…smh

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  194. Don’t buy the taters!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  195. Don’t buy the taters!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00pm
  196. Sure, just throw away 1 million dollars of our tax dollars.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:05pm
  197. I say this money must come from the very politicians who want to support legislation like this. Not make the people pay for such idiocy with their taxes.’

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:09pm
  198. What a waste of money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:12pm
  199. HA HA HA! Go on WASTE UR BLOOD MONEY!!! LOL FOOLS!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:17pm
  200. Well fuck u and ur potatoes

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:18pm
  201. What a waste of money on trying to get away with being a bigot

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:23pm
  202. PATHETIC!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:31pm
  203. Sad…. Think of what that money could do for the needy, even if sent to another state. Smdh….

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:35pm
  204. Money down a rat hole, but a TEAPUBLICAN rat hole, as their pet lawyers squander tax dollars in a sure-lose move.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:37pm
  205. waste of money, when the entire country is in debt.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:39pm
  206. Wtf

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:39pm
  207. Hope you go broke! Fiscally responsible my ass!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:41pm