Thursday, May 15, 2014
Last Friday U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. Ten other federal district courts have issued similar rulings supporting gay marriage rights.
Governor C.L. Otter stated that he intends to appeal the case, “In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman…Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Yet, for the four couples that challenged Idaho’s ban, Judge Dale’s ruling is a victory. Deborah Ferguson, the attorney for the couples, said the ruling recognized that the families are part of Idaho’s community and they deserve the same protections and respect as other families.
See Judge Strikes Down Idaho’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban, My San Antonio, May 14, 2014.