Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho Same-Sex Marriage Law
Boise, Idaho (KBOI) - A federal judge in Boise has called Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Judge Candy Dale sided with four Idaho couples who had filed a lawsuit against the state and the article of the Idaho Constitution that says the state only recognizes marriage as being between a man and a woman.
The judge says Idaho's marriage laws violate the couples' rights under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
She further states that as of Friday morning, any laws that refuse to recognize marriages from other states or same-sex marriages in the State of Idaho are not enforceable.
Governor Otter responded to the ruling Tuesday evening:
"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. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.”