BOISE -- The four Republican candidates for governor participated in a debate at Idaho Public Television's studio on Wednesday night.
Following the historic court ruling overturning Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage, the first question of the night was about the decision and how to proceed.
Both incumbent Governor Butch Otter and Senator Russ Fulcher supported spending money to defend Idaho's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Candidate Walt Bayes read scripture for his response, and candidate Harley Brown said he supports the judge's decision.
I believe that I took the right position in 2006 in standing for the marriage amendment, and I stand with the people of Idaho to this day, on that issue, Fulcher said.
Liberty and justice for all, equal protection for all. I'm glad that judge made that decision, and I'm glad they want to get married and live like that, said Brown.
My response is my main loyalty is to God almighty and what he says is what I go by, and this is part of the Bible, 'For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections...', said Bayes.
I believe there isn't any Idahoan that really wants discrimination, but in this case, anything that encroaches our values on marriage is going to be looked at very, very closely. I intend to pursue this all the way to the Supreme Court, Gov. Otter said.