Challenge to Idaho Gay Marriage Ban to Get Hearing on Monday

A federal judge in Idaho will hear an NCLR-led challenge to the state's gay marriage ban on Monday, the Times-News reports:

OtterFour Boise-based same-sex couples are challenging Idaho’s constitutional ban after Ada County refused to issue marriage certificates or recognize marriages from other states. Similar bans in other states, including Utah’s, have recently been struck down in district-level federal courts and are under appeal.

The Idaho suit was filed in November against Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Ada County Clerk Chris Rich.

In their request, the couples argue that Idaho’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution.

Argument will be heard before Chief United States Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale at 9:30 a.m.

The couples are represented by Boise attorneys Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham, and San Francisco-based the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).