A federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The ruling, handed down by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Tuesday, followed oral arguments on May 5.
Earlier Tuesday, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) filed a preemptive motion asking for an immediate stay if Dale did rule against the gay marriage ban.
Another Republican politician who says one thing in public and does another thing in private, and will suffer no political consequences because of the IOKIYAR principle: Report: Mike Crapo Drank Vodka Shots.
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) drank multiple vodka shots before he was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Alexandria, according to public court documents.
Crapo, 61, has a court date set for Jan. 4, according to news reports. Police say Crapo made a U-turn at a red light and while he was being cited for a traffic violation, the officer smelled alcohol, and noticed bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He failed sobriety tests. Police say he had a .110 BAC, significantly above the Virginia legal driving limit of .08.
In an apology issued Sunday, Crapo said in a public statement: “I am deeply sorry for the actions that resulted in this circumstance. I made a mistake for which I apologize to my family, my Idaho constituents and any others who have put their trust in me. I accept total responsibility and will deal with whatever penalty comes my way in this matter.”
Crapo has a reputation as a “squeaky clean” right wing Mormon, who boasted publicly that he abstains from alcohol.
The Republican Party is promoting (or has already gotten signed into law) their Neanderthal “mandatory invasive ultrasound” laws in Virginia, Alabama, N. Carolina, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Florida, Kansas, and Pennsylvania.
The Idaho bill was introduced in the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning on a party-line vote, with only the panel’s two Democrats objecting.
“Because ultrasound is a key element of informed consent, it should be required that a woman have that before she has an abortion upon her,” Kerry Uhlenkott, legislative director of Right to Life of Idaho, told the senators. “Information empowers a women to make true, informed decisions.”
Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, immediately moved to introduce the bill, and Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, seconded the motion; Sens. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Edgar Malepeai, D-Pocatello, then asked Uhlenkott questions about the bill.
“This is requiring an invasive procedure to be done possibly against someone’s wishes as part of a medical process,” Stennett said. “Do you see any contradiction in requiring someone to have a procedure like this?”
Uhlenkott responded, “No, the informed consent is vital for a woman, ultrasound is vital for a women to have, before she makes her decision on whether to have an abortion or not.”
Male Republican religious fanatics in Idaho are now trying to pass a measure that would allow any employer to deny women contraception coverage, and once again seeking to equate contraception with abortion: Idaho Bill Targets Contraceptive Rules.
Republican caveman Carlos BilbaoBOISE — A measure to allow Idaho employers to ignore new federal rules requiring them to cover contraception in their insurance plans survived efforts to kill it Monday.
Instead, supportive Republican lawmakers on the House Health and Welfare Committee agreed to let sponsor Rep. Carlos Bilbao, R-Emmett, make changes to allay their fears it could keep patients who use prescription birth control for medical reasons besides contraception from receiving necessary treatment.
“I support the motives of the sponsor, but the potential unintended consequences might be something they want to address,” said Rep. Ken Roberts, R-Donnelly.
There’s no date set yet for Bilbao’s changes to be considered.
Bilbao, a devout Catholic, aims to challenge a recent Obama administration decision seeking to guarantee reproductive health coverage for employees of religion-affiliated institutions. That includes contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs. …
Idaho isn’t alone in considering similar legislation, with Missouri and Arizona also mulling changes.
But Idaho’s measure appeared headed for the scrapheap Monday, after Republican Rep. Fred Wood, a doctor, proposed killing it outright, on several grounds.
Wood, R-Burley, argued it imposes the religious beliefs of employers on their workers; would likely result in a costly, losing legal fight against the federal government; and is so broadly written it could be used to erect costly barriers to prevent women from receiving appropriate treatment for debilitating ocular migraines and endometriosis, among other conditions.
Oral birth control pills are “used in the treatment of a lot of disease processes that have absolutely nothing to do with contraception whatsoever,” said Wood. “They are expensive. Even at Walmart prices, they probably run about $600 per year.” …
The committee room was packed to overflowing for Monday’s hearing, with most people on hand to oppose Bilbao’s bill.
However, proponents including the group Right to Life of Idaho, an anti-abortion group, lauded his measure as a way of protecting the rights of employers who object to certain drugs that interrupt the natural process of a fertilized egg.
Those include so-called “morning-after pills” that women can take following intercourse to block a pregnancy, said Jason Herring, Right to Life of Idaho’s president. The health care overhaul’s rule requiring basic insurance to cover such drugs without a co-pay amounts to a government mandate guaranteeing abortion coverage, he said.
This is the year the Republican Party went full-on Looney Tunes.
I don’t even know what to say about this sickening story: Idaho Woman Charged For Unlawful Abortion, Turned In By Anti-Choice Advocate.
Unable to afford the doctors visits and medical bills associated with an actual medical abortion, Jennie L. McCormack of Idaho instead had her sister purchase drugs online to ingest in order to cause a miscarriage. McCormack, who is the mother of three, is now being charged with “unlawful abortion” according to the Associated Press.
If McCormack is found guilty, she could be subject to a $5000 penalty as well as up to five years in prison.
McCormack’s case is a sign of the true desperation of women in this country. She said she believed she was only 14 weeks along, although the examination of the remains concluded it was more likely 20-25. She is already a mother of more than one child, one still a toddler. But financially she was cut off from any choice she wanted to make about how many people she wanted in her family, unable to procure an abortion she couldn’t afford, and now facing criminal penalties for taking the only option left to her.
According to the report, McCormack was turned into the police by the sister of on of her friends, a woman who stated “There’s other things she could have done. She could have asked for some type of help.”
But it’s obvious that the only “help” that was acceptable in this situation, according to the tipster, was to have the baby, and that the woman who contacted the police did it solely to punish McCormack. “I’m a grandmother myself. And the love and the compassion I have for my grandkids? They’re my life. And I felt that if somebody didn’t speak up for this baby, who would? It doesn’t have a voice anymore,” Carnahan said.
The women’s movement needs to wake up and start fighting like it really matters. The hour is getting late.
It’s mind-bogglingly inhuman and heartless, but this, folks, is how the Republican Party views women who are victims of rape: Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work.
Marching in step with the GOP’s nationwide war on a woman’s right to choose, the Idaho legislature gave final approval to a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. …
In 1990, Idaho’s anti-abortion Gov. Cecil Andrus (D) vetoed a similar bill expressly because it failed to provide a rape or incest exception. “The bill is drawn so narrowly that it would punitively and without compassion further harm an Idaho woman who may find herself in the horrible, unthinkable position of confronting a pregnancy that resulted from rape or incest,” he said.
But this year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, state Republican lawmakers found plenty of reasons to advocate for it. State Rep. Shannon McMillan (R) argued that women who were impregnated under “violent circumstances” should have no choice because it’s not the fetus’s fault. State Rep. Brent Crane, the bill’s sponsor, took it a step further. Believing that “tragic, horrific” acts of rape or incest are the “hand of the Almighty,” Crane said women should trust God to turn the consequences of their sexual assault into “wonderful examples”:
“Is not the child of that rape or incest also a victim?” asked Rep. Shannon McMillan, R-Silverton. “It didn’t ask to be here. It was here under violent circumstances perhaps, but that was through no fault of its own.”[…]
The Idaho bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa, told legislators that the “hand of the Almighty” was at work. “His ways are higher than our ways,” Crane said. “He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and then turn them into wonderful examples.”
It’s that time of the year when even Idaho white supremacists start to feel that ol’ Yuletide spirit.
The sculpture depicts a snowman with a pointed hat and an outstretched right hand with a noose in it. Residents in the neighborhood say the homeowners also have an Aryan Nations flag on display.
One resident said they were “appalled at the nerve they have to threaten people in our community with their signs of hatred,” adding that this is a season of love and hope, not hate.
The homeowner who had the offensive snow sculpture in front of his home is Mark, who was profiled by KXLY back in July for posting flags ranging from an Aryan Nations flag to an SS flag at his home, drawing the ire of his neighbors. Then in October he angered residents further when, according to neighbors, he passed out bullets on Halloween.
A self-described White Separatist, Mark, who declined to give his last name during an interview in July, said Tuesday there was nothing wrong with his snowman.
(Hat tip: Stanley Sea.)
As the bad craziness of the right wing continues to accelerate, a Republican committee at the Idaho GOP convention has voted to support creating a state militia.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Could Idaho get an all-volunteer state militia that’s out from under any federal control?
A Butte County delegate to the state Republican Party convention in Idaho Falls on Friday got his compatriots on a committee to go along with the plan - at least on paper.
The idea must still win full convention approval Saturday.
Butte County delegate Guy Mongan says such a force could assist in the event of natural disasters and wouldn’t be subject to a military call-up, such like the Idaho National Guard.
Ada County delegate Phil Hardy says he appreciates the notion that Idaho could be left unprotected if many of its citizen soldiers are dispatched to defend the nation. But Hardy contends the time isn’t ripe for the plan.
The measure cleared the committee on a 21-18 vote.
Great idea. What could possibly go wrong?
(Hat tip: Bubblehead II.)
UPDATE at 6/25/10 1:21:29 pm:
And that isn’t even the craziest thing going on at this GOP convention. They’re also calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment to the US Constitution, and pushing a measure which would prevent transsexuals from marrying: GOP delegates call for repeal of 17th Amendment; push for further definition of marriage.
IDAHO FALLS (AP) - Republicans from across Idaho took aim at the 17th amendment during their state convention, calling for repeal of the measure.
A GOP committee narrowly passed a measure Friday to include language in the state party’s platform that seeks to nullify the amendment created a century ago to shift election of U.S. senators from state legislatures to voters.
Supporters of the measure say making senators accountable to legislators instead of voters will restore the constitution’s checks and balances.
Sen. Jeff Siddoway, a Terreton Republican, joined more than a dozen other delegates in voting against the proposal, saying it takes voters out of the equation. Siddoway told delegates: “You’re giving up your right to vote for people who are representing you in Washington, D.C.”
In other GOP Convention news, A panel of GOP delegates at the state party’s convention passed a measure Friday to define marriage as a bond between a “naturally born” man and woman, effectively barring transgenders.
Bannock County delegate Ralph Lilling says his amendment to the state party’s platform will help further protect the traditional family unit.
But Donna Montgomery, a delegate from Kootenai County, argued that the additional language was unnecessary because people from Idaho understand man is a man and a woman is a woman.
The measure still has to go before the full convention for approval.
(Hat tip: freetoken.)