Video: Boise Officials Rip Otter For Election Night Posturing on Same-Sex Marriage


Two Boise city officials have gone to social media to criticize Gov. C.L. "Butch Otter for using his election night victory speech as a platform to push back against same-sex marriage.

Fresh off his 54 percent majority win, Otter took the stage at GOP election headquarters Nov. 4 to thank his supporters. While he had the usual platitudes for his campaign team and GOP leadership, Otter spent a good portion of his speech taking another shot at a series of federal court rulings that determined Idaho's ban of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Otter touted what he called Idaho "principles" and "values."

"Principles such as less government and supporting more individual responsibility," said Otter. "It also means standing up for our values and to stand up for our beliefs on what we consider is a traditional family. I don't think there is anybody in Idaho that is purposely discriminatory, but there are values we believe in."

"Why should we change our values?" asked Otter. "Why should we leave our moral principles because everybody else has? We're the reddest of the red states in the United States of America."

That has prompted Boise City Council President Maryann Jordan and Councilwoman Lauren McLean, architects of Boise's nondiscrimination protections, which became law in 2012, to deliver a video message via YouTube expressing their disappointment in Otter's timing and insistence on being on the wrong side of history.

"We want to congratulate Gov. Otter on his re-election," said McLean. 

But Jordan said it was unfortunate that the three-term governor chose the election night platform to continue his opposition to what she called "new-found equality" for Idaho's LGBT community.

"When citizens came to us looking for equal protection under the law, we realized that it was best for all of our citizens' health and safety. Since then, Boise and eight other cities have passed nondiscrimination ordinances," said Jordan.

McLean said, "There is something wrong with state leadership that refuses to respect all of us."