BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho state House on Friday voted in favor of a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to impeach federal judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.
The GOP-led chamber voted 44-25 in to support the measure; 11 Republicans and all 14 House Democrats were opposed.
“I think somehow, someday we’ve got to take a stand,” GOP Rep. Paul Shepherd told the House. A sixth-term state representative from Riggins who owns a sawmill and log home company, Shepherd was the author and sponsor of the measure.
“You can’t say an immoral behavior according to God’s word, what we’ve all been taught since the beginning, is something that’s just, and that’s really kinda what this is all about,” he told the House. “We’d better uphold Christian morals. As an example, how about fornication, adultery and other issues.”
Article continues belowShepherd says recent rulings ending bans on same-sex marriage show that federal judges are adjudicating against the intent of the U.S. Constitution.
House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, said the resolution shows a “fundamental error” in understanding the role of the nation’s judiciary.
Idaho’s gay marriage ban – passed in 2006 – was overturned by a federal judge Oct. 15.