Federal Lawsuit Filed Challenging Idaho’s Gay Marriage Ban

Four gay couples have filed suit in Idaho challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage and recognition thereof, NCLR reports:

IdahoThe couples, all from Boise, include university instructors, a teacher of deaf children, and a military veteran who served with the Idaho National Guard in Iraq. Three of the couples are raising children together.

The lawsuit argues that Idaho’s laws barring same-sex couples from marrying and prohibiting the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

The couples are Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson. They are represented by Boise attorneys Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

Read the complaint and more about the case HERE.


  1. Tom says

    I wish them all the luck in the world. If they are successful it would be mind boggling for gay Idahoans. This is a blood red state, always has been a possibly always will be, although there has been some progress on local levels.

  2. Mary says

    Andy Towlette, a “six states in one day changed by a court decision” victory may be detrimental in the long run. This may be too much use of the courts at one time. Things are progressing nicely – a state here, a state there. And the more liberal states are being affected. But forcing SSM on at least 3 red states and using the courts to win in the other 3 states you mentioned that are more moderate is likely to cause a backlash. Letting the nation get used to marriage equality slowly is better because it causes opponents to feel that opposition is futile -and also to see how wonderful it is to watch all these new couples celebrate their love.

    As much as possible, marriage equality should be associated in the public mind with acceptance and love. A lot of people will need more time to see that not all social change is scary.

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