John M. Becker

Judge Promises Quick Ruling on Idaho's Marriage Ban

Filed By John M. Becker | May 05, 2014 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: gay marriage, Idaho, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

idaho-map.jpgToday in Boise, Idaho, the first hearing took place in Latta v. Otter, the federal challenge to that state's marriage discrimination amendment, which is being led by the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Afterwards, the judge hearing the case told the plaintiffs and their attorneys that she intends to move quickly to a ruling.

The Associated Press reports:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale told attorneys for four couples Monday that the emotional case raised lots of questions, and that she would get a ruling out in the "relatively near future." She declined to give a specific date, and it wasn't clear if her decision would come before other cases pending across the nation.

The four couples, all women, say Idaho discriminates by subjecting them to different tax rules and denying them rights given heterosexual families. Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson of Boise, said the sole purpose of Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is to subject same-sex couples to stigma and shame.

"Ten out of 10 federal district courts which have considered challenges to their states' same sex marriage bans have found them to be unconstitutional, and likewise we are here to ask this court to do the same," Ferguson said.

Whatever Judge Dale does, her ruling is almost certain to be appealed; Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has pledged to defend the state's marriage ban.

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