Congressional Candidate Shirley Ringo Presses Governor on LGBT Rights
May 14, Moscow, Idaho – Representative Shirley Ringo, Democratic Party candidate for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District and a 14-year veteran of the Idaho legislature, highlighted the case of veteran Madelynn Taylor in calling for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to immediately accept the federal court ruling Wednesday to recognize same-sex marriages.
Rep. Ringo started a petition on Taylor’s behalf prior to the court ruling, calling on Idahoans to press Gov. Otter to follow federal guidelines for veteran burials and allow the ashes of Taylor’s wife, Jean, to be placed in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
“Madelynn Taylor’s story is heartbreaking, and shows just how deep the discrimination faced by gay and lesbian Idahoans can run,” Rep. Ringo said.
Taylor’s story gained international attention after the cemetery denied her request for the couple to be buried there, citing Idaho’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Rep. Ringo is a steadfast opponent of the ban, standing against it as a state legislator when it was voted on in 2006 and using every opportunity to speak out for its repeal.
“I know Gov. Otter is going to appeal this ruling – he has an election next week, after all – but I hope he’ll make a call to the cemetery’s administration and ask that they find a spot for Jean before he races to court,” Rep. Ringo said. “More importantly, I hope he’ll reconsider his position and embrace marriage equality here in Idaho.”