Idaho Governor Requests Emergency Hearing Over Gay Marriages


By Paul Johnson

UPDATE: 11:55AM - A federal magistrate judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from Idaho Governor Butch Otter.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's appeal isn't likely to succeed, and so there's no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying on Friday.

Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Idaho Governor Butch Otter is asking a Federal magistrate judge for an emergency hearing. Governor Otter told U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale that he wants a hearing. Originally he requested the hearing before noon on Wednesday. Now, according to the Governor’s press secretary, Jon Hanian they are looking for an answer before 9am on Friday. That’s when Judge Dale said the state must start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Dale ruled Tuesday that Idaho’s laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian couples their fundamental right to marry. Hanian said that if Idaho moves forward with the ban to allow the marriages, it will place the state in the same situation Utah was when the appeal process worked its way through the court. It will place the state in a precarious position where they are not sure how to honor a marriage agreement of this type, the spokesman for the Governor told Idaho’s First News.

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