Federal Judge Denies Request for Stay of Ruling Striking Down Idaho’s Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge has denied Idaho's request for a stay of last night's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, the AP reports:

DaleU.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's appeal isn't likely to succeed, and so there's no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying on Friday.

On Tuesday, Dale struck down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban in response to a lawsuit from four Idaho couples.
Dale said Idaho's law unconstitutionally denies gay and lesbian couples their fundamental right to marry and wrongly stigmatizes their families.

She said the state must start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday morning.

The state must now appeal to the Ninth Circuit for a stay request…

Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:45pm ETC by Andy Towle
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