Thursday, May 15, 2014

Idaho Makes National News with the Overturn of the Gay Marriage Ban, State Legislators Scramble to Appeal

Posted By on Thu, May 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

A federal judge's decision to overturn the gay marriage ban in Idaho has sounded around the world. National news outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, CNN, the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal, are following the developments of the court case in which four same-sex couples sued the state in an attempt to overturn the ban, and won.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the decision has left the state scrambling to appeal and gay rights advocates planning their next steps. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale overturned the ban on Tuesday, and Wednesday she refused to put pending marriages on hold while Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden appeal the decision. 

Otter and Wasden both asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an emergency stay while they fight the lower court's ruling—an attempt to keep same-sex couples from getting married when the ruling goes into effect on Friday. 

"My job now is to ensure our state's voice is heard loud and clear on appeal, and that Idaho's right to self-determination is not further undermined," Otter said in a prepared statement.

The Post reported that matrimonial law expert Seymour J. Reisman said the appellate court will likely issue the stay, and the U.S. Supreme Court will almost certainly take up the matter.

The Supreme Court has struck down state gay marriage bans before, such as in California last summer. Many legal observers say they expect the Supreme Court will eventually rule that gay couples can marry in every state. So far, gay marriage is legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia.

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