Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Idaho's Ban On Same Sex Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the decision that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry.
Dale said marriage works a fundamental change on the lives of all who experience it, and it holds immense personal and spiritual significance.
Idaho's laws wrongly stigmatize gay and lesbian couples and relegate their families to second-class status without sufficient reason, she said.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter already has said 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," Otter said in a statement. "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."
Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said he would consult with the governor on the state's appeal.