What on earth is going on with Rep. Paul Shepherd (R-Riggins)? He’s lost his website to LGBT activists and he seems to have lost his mind, comparing the LGBT community to slave owners. Better Idaho has assembled this timeline in an attempt to explain the unexplainable.
- It all started on Wednesday, March 18, when Paul Shepherd presented House Joint Resolution 4 to a House panel. Easily the most vile bill of Idaho’s 2015 Legislative session, it asked Congress to impeach judges who rule in favor of marriage equality.
- Better Idaho in coordination with Add the Words started a petition asking Shepherd to meet with LGBT community member Chelsea Gaona Lincoln in a public forum to discuss his strong anti-gay opinions.
- On Friday, March 20, HJR 4 reached the floor of the House. Only four lawmakers spoke in favor of it during debate.
- Inexplicably, it passed 44-25 with bipartisan opposition. Lawmakers who voted for it are: Anderson, Anderst, Andrus, Barbieri, Bateman, Batt, Boyle, Chaney, Cheatham, Collins, Crane, Dayley, DeMordaunt, Dixon, Gestrin, Harris, Hartgen, Hixon, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kerby, Loertscher, McMillan, Mendive, Miller, Monks, Moyle, Nate, Nielsen, Packer, Palmer, Raybould, Redman, Romrell, Scott, Shepherd, Sims, Thompson, Trujillo, VanOrden, Vander Woude, Wills, Youngblood and Speaker Bedke, all Republican.
- During the floor debate, Rep. Shepherd made a semi-coherent reference to slavery.
- Tuesday, March 24, LGBT activists took ownership of Shepherd’s campaign webpage after the Better Idaho/Add the Words petition caught his attention on Reddit.
- On Wednesday, March 25, Public Television’s Melissa Davlin, seeking comments about losing his website, asked Shepherd to clarify his “slavery” comments. What he said was one of the lowest moments in Idaho politics this year.
- He said HJM 4 might avert a Civil War.
- On Thursday, March 26, Ms. Lincoln will deliver a letter to Shepherd with more than 200 signatures asking Rep. Shepherd to talk with her in a public forum.