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Decision 2006

Idaho Elections: Same-sex couples say HJR2 would make life more difficult

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MOSCOW, Idaho -  Gay couples in Idaho say that if voters pass a ballot measure in November that bans same-sex marriage, it will make life harder for them.

Kathy Sprague and Tabitha Simmons are a same-sex couple living in Moscow who have been together for 16 years. Sprague says that no one's rights should be trampled on, whether voters think gay marriage is right or wrong.

Proponents of the ban say it's needed to prevent so-called advocate judges from changing Idaho's marriage laws and to protect children. Opponents say the proposal is redundant and a form of discrimination against those couples that don't fit within Idaho's norm.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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