Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Same Sex Marriage in Idaho
(BOISE, ID) (AP) – Gay and lesbian couples in Idaho could start getting married as soon as Friday, after a judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in her decision that Idaho’s laws barring same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry.
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says he will consult with the governor on the state’s appeal of the ruling. Governor “Butch” Otter already has said he intends to appeal the case. The attorney for the plaintiffs says the ruling recognized that the families are part of Idaho’s community. Unless a higher court issues a stay, the Gem State must begin recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples by Friday at 9 a.m.