2006 Idaho Amendment 2

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Idaho Amendment 2 of 2006 is an amendment to the Idaho Constitution that made it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions.

The text of the amendment states:

A marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.[1]

The amendment was passed 53–17 by the Idaho House of Representatives on February 6, 2006 and 26–9 by the Idaho Senate on February 15, 2006.[2][3] It was subsequently approved by 63% of voters in a referendum.[4]

On May 13, 2014, a United States Magistrate Judge struck down Amendment 2 as unconstitutional.[5] Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has requested a stay and plans to appeal the ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.[6]

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  1. ^ Article III, Section 28. Idaho Constitution. Idaho State Legislature. Accessed 06 January 2007.
  2. ^ HJR 2 - Marriage Amendment Ballot Question - Key Vote
  3. ^ HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 2 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Idaho Legislature
  4. ^ CNN.com Election 2006 - Ballot Measures Accessed 14 December 2006.
  5. ^ Pearce, Matthew (May 13, 2014). "Idaho same-sex marriage ban struck down by federal judge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Mollie Reilly (May 13, 2014). "Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge". The Huffington Post. Retrieved May 14, 2014.

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