Gay Couples Face a Mixed Geography of Marriage

The New York Times
February 27, 2013

The border with Washington State is just two miles from the home that Henry D. Johnston and his partner, Alex Irwin, own here in western Idaho, but for a gay couple it might as well be a thousand. Over there, just a brisk morning’s walk away, same-sex marriage was approved by a majority of statewide voters last fall; over here, the Idaho Constitution, through an amendment passed by voters in 2006, says that even a civil union granted elsewhere has no validity. “Set your clock back,” Mr. Johnston said of his daily commute home from a job in Pullman, Wash.