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Otter To File Gay Marriage Petition

Oct. 21, 2014 2:41 p.m. - Updated: 3:46 p.m.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced today that he's filing a petition with the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for an en banc re-hearing of Idaho's same-sex marriage case. “I will continue defending Idahoans’ self-determination and the will of Idaho voters who decided that traditional marriage is a core principle of our society,” Otter said in a statement; click below for his full statement. He said his office will file the petition later today. An en banc review at the 9th Circuit, because the circuit is so large, would mean that a larger 11-judge panel would re-hear the case, after a three-judge panel made the decision earlier. In smaller circuits, an en banc review is a rehearing by the full court/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

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Arfee Owner Sues City For $350K+

Oct. 21, 2014 2:26 p.m. - Updated: 2:49 p.m.

A Bellingham attorney representing the owner of a dog shot and killed by a Coeur d’Alene police officer earlier this year will seek $350,000 in a lawsuit against the city. Adam Karp, who is representing Craig Jones, notified the city of the suit today. Karp named the city, the police department and Officer David Kelley, who shot the-old Labrador, Arfee, in a van parked outside a downtown coffee shop July 9. A city review board found that the shooting violated department policy for use of deadly force. The suit alleges that the shooting amounted to reckless or negligent property destruction, failure to train or supervise, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress. It also cites constitutional claims, such as unlawful seizure of property/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Photo of Arfee from owner Craig Jones)

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Pastor Wonders About ‘Wedding Mill’

Oct. 21, 2014 1:55 p.m. - Updated: 2:03 p.m.

Marci Glass, minister of the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Boise, offers a different perspective on the Hitching Post controversy. In her Glass Overflowing blog, she writes:

Donald and Lynn Knapp are licensed ministers in the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Which is great and all. They also own a wedding business in City of Coeur D’Alene that illustrates how sacred marriage is by removing it from the church and putting it in a for-profit business called “The Hitching Post”. They claim to have married “roughly 35,000 couples” which indicates how discerning they are in making sure the couples they marry are really ready to enter into this life long covenant. More here.

H/T: Sisyphus

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Ma Nature On Display

Oct. 21, 2014 1:38 p.m. - Updated: 3:20 p.m.

On her Slight Detour blog, Marianne Love posts: :Mother Nature handed us a beauty (Sunday). My sisters, their pups, Willie and I took advantage and took our cameras to the aspen grove up Rapid Lightning Creek Road. At long last, the color has come, and it IS indescribably beautiful.” More photos here.

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Who’s Best For Idaho Education?

Oct. 21, 2014 1:10 p.m. - Updated: 1:13 p.m.

IdahoED NEWS offers opposing opinions re: which top gubernatorial candidate offers best hope for Idaho education:

Question: Which major guv candidate would do a better job handling Idaho education?

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Fox Spotlights Hitching Post Hubbub

Oct. 21, 2014 12:42 p.m. - Updated: 1:50 p.m.

Fox News has picked up the Hitching Post controversy, in a story entitled: “City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings.” The story includes this information: “Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d’Alene. “Right now they are at risk of being prosecuted,” their ADF attorney, Jeremy Tedesco, told me. “The threat of enforcement is more than just credible.” This link includes a video interview about this issue, with Todd Starnes, author of “Godless America.”

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Gay Mayor’s Demand Upsets Pastors

Oct. 21, 2014 12:35 p.m. - Updated: 1:49 p.m.

While we're braced for a possible battle royal re: the Hitching Post's refusal to officiate for gay marriages, there's a firestorm going on in Texas over a demand made by Houston Mayor Annise Parker to five pastors. The Washington Post explains: “Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who drew headlines for becoming the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city, led support for the ordinance. The measure bans anti-gay discrimination among businesses that serve the public, private employers, in housing and in city employment and city contracting.” More here.

DFO: This story is being mentioned in religious conservative circles, along with the Hitching Post controversy. Thoughts?

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Update: Emails Bombard City Hall

Oct. 21, 2014 11:46 a.m. - Updated: 2:45 p.m.

A fundamentalist Christian organization in Mississippi has spearheaded a protest of Coeur d’Alene’s anti-discrimination ordinance, resulting in thousands of emails and phone calls today to the mayor and to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s office. The American Family Association put an “action alert” on its website claiming that the city “is threatening two ordained Christian ministers with arrest if they refuse to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.” Mayor Steve Widmyer said he had received more than 2,500 identical emails since early this morning, and that his office has been inundated with phone calls as well. Otter’s office said it had received about 5,000 emails and 300 phone calls opposing the city’s ordinance, which was amended last year to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

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Russell Wilson Wins Hands Down

Oct. 21, 2014 11:42 a.m. - Updated: 11:46 a.m.

Seahawk fan Cindy Hval visited Seattle recently to investigate that mysterious sucking sound coming from CenturyLink stadium. In the process, she visited the Experience Music Project museum, where they have an extensive Seahawk exhibit, including an outline of QB Russell Wilson's hand. As you can see, Cindy's paw's not quite as big.

Question: Are your hands small, average size?

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AM Scanner Traffic — 10.21.14

Oct. 21, 2014 11:31 a.m. - Updated: 11:53 a.m.

  • 11:37 a.m. Mother calls EMTs to say 7MO baby is crying uncontrollably after sucking on dryer sheet 30 minutes ago.
  • 10:57 a.m. Deer hit by driver still alive by side of road @ Lancaster/Meadowood Lane/Hayden.
  • 10:09 a.m. Smoke coming from washing machine filling house w/smoke @ 2263 Yorkshire/CdA.
  • 10:08 a.m. Someone is suffering cardiac problems @ 1500 block of Lunceford/CdA.
  • 9:48 a.m. Domestic dispute reported @ 23rd/Sherman Avenue, CdA.
  • 9:01 a.m. Possible grass fire reported on Shenandoah Drive/Hayden.
  • 8:25 a.m. CPD stopping to question male outside Fred's Appliance, H95/Haycraft, unknown reason.
  • 8:21 a.m. Boater on Hayden Lake reports possible fire b/n Hayden Lake Road & Lancaster.
  • 8:16 a.m. EMTs en route to hospital w/40YO female who is suffering chest & back pain.
  • 8:13 a.m. Officer reports stoplights @ Canfield/Govt Way, CdA, are flashing red, not recycling.
  • 8:05 a.m. Someone has attempted suicide by taking pills @ Lakeland Junior High/Rathdrum.
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