The most basic right we humans have is the right to life. I am strongly pro-life and always have been. I will, therefore, only support legislation that protects and promotes human life, including the unborn.
States have typically determined their definitions of marriage. Idaho's law, which I supported, prohibits same-sex unions.
Some years ago, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allows states to refuse to acknowledge the laws of other states regarding same-sex unions and defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. I oppose efforts to repeal that law.
As other states more liberal than Idaho expand their definitions of marriage to include same-sex unions, some fear courts will force states, like Idaho, to embrace broader definitions of marriage. At different times, a constitutional amendment on the legal definition of marriage has been proposed. Should an amendment defining marriage in the same way as DOMA come before the full Senate, I will support it.
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