Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

Federal Chief Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale has declared Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and ordered the state to allow same-sex couples to marry and to recognize the marriages of couples who wed in other states.

From the 57-page decision:

“Idaho’s Marriage Laws withhold … a profound and personal choice, one that most can take for granted. By doing so, Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love.”

Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter is pledged to seek an immediate stay of the ruling.


“Idaho gay marriage supporters flock to Boise courthouse to celebrate progress,” AP via The Guardian


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