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Idaho Judge Ruled Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge said the state's laws relegate gay and lesbian citizens to a second-class status.

Idaho Judge Ruled Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
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Tuesday, a federal judge struck down Idaho's anti-same-sex marriage laws, calling them discriminatory.

"Judge Candy Dale concluded that the challenged laws violate the rights of Idaho's gay and lesbian citizens under the 14th amendment to the United States constitution." (Via KIVI)

The judge said in her ruling, "Idaho's Marriage Laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental right to marry and relegate their families to a stigmatized, second-class status without sufficient reason for doing so."

The case was brought by four same-sex couples: two that wanted to get married in Idaho, and two that wanted their existing marriages from other states to be recognized.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Judge Dale issued an injunction against the state's same-sex marriage laws, meaning those four couples and other gay and lesbian citizens might get their wish as early as Friday morning.

But The Spokesman-Review reported earlier that Republican governor Butch Otter had anticipated the judge's ruling might go this way, and had preemptively filed paperwork to appeal the decision.

An appeal would give Governor Otter a chance to get a stay placed on the judge's injunction, meaning same-sex couples would still be unable to marry in the state while the matter is debated in Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.