John M. Becker

Idaho Governor Admits Defeat on Marriage, Temporarily

Filed By John M. Becker | October 14, 2014 4:50 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Butch Otter, gay marriage, Idaho, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

idaho-map.jpgC.L. "Butch" Otter, the twice-married, anti-gay Republican Governor of Idaho, admitted this afternoon that, at least for now, he will not be able to stop same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

This clears the way for same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses starting tomorrow, the AP reports:

Otter wrote in a statement released Tuesday that for now, the state has done all it can through the courts to defend traditional marriage in Idaho.

This means same-sex couples may receive marriage licenses in Idaho starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Otter's announcement comes one day after Idaho attorney general Lawrence Wasden dropped his opposition to the stay. Wasden noted on Monday that his non-opposition doesn't signify that his office had changed its stance on gay marriage, and said he was still considering other legal options.

The Idaho Statesman adds:

For his part, Otter on Monday had implied he would continue fighting gay marriage in Idaho. In a court filing trying to preserve the stay, he argued that approving gay marriage would "dissuade" Idaho voters from participating in elections because it would allow the federal government to overturn state laws.

Boo hoo, crocodile tears for you, Butch. But more importantly, congratulations to all the wonderful same-sex couples in Idaho who will now be able to tie the knot. Mazel tov!

Editor's Note: This post has been corrected to reflect the fact that Gov. Otter has only admitted that marriages will start tomorrow. Otter still has a couple options for appeal: he has a few days left to petition the Ninth Circuit for an en banc rehearing and at least a few months to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for certiorari.

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