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Gay Families Crash Bigoted Idaho Governor Butch Otter's Halloween Event: VIDEO

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A group of gay and lesbian families and allies from the "Add the Four Words" activist group went to the steps of the Idaho statehouse on Friday where Governor Butch Otter was having a "trick-or-treat" Halloween party  for constituents, ABC6 reports:

They carried treat bags that read "another Idaho family who supports A.J. Baulkoff governor."

They even posed for a picture with the governor and his wife, saying "Idaho's new family" before snapping the shot -- something many thought they would never have the chance to say.

"It was mixed emotions, but mostly I am just excited that as a family we could even have the thought to come down here,” said Ty Carson. “I've lived here, I'm a third generation Idahoan and I would have never thought that my family would be welcome at the capitol building. I was full of excitement. My heart was racing."

Otter has vowed to keep fighting the Ninth Circuit decision which overturned the state's gay marriage ban and said last week in debate that he's "not ready to surrender to a few folks in black robes." The governor has filed a long shot petition asking  for an en banc rehearing of the case by the full court.

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Lesbian Veteran Files Lawsuit To Be Buried With Late Wife in Military Cemetery: VIDEO

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The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and attorneys Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham filed a lawsuit yesterday on behalf of military veteran Madelynn Lee Taylor to grant her burial rights in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery where her late spouse Jean Mixner’s ashes have already been laid to rest.

Cemetery employees denied Taylor’s request last year because Idaho state law prohibits recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages.

In a statement, Taylor said “Idaho is where some of our best memories together are and it’s where I want to spend eternity with Jean."

The lawsuit argues that the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

On May 13th, U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.

However, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has placed a stay on the ruling following an appeal from Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

Arguments in the case are set for September 8.

Read Taylor's 15-page lawsuit here.

Watch Taylor's story, which we posted last April, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hundreds Surround Idaho Statehouse in Support of LGBT Rights: VIDEO

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At the Idaho Statehouse in Boise on Monday, hundreds of demonstrators circled around the building to greet lawmakers and push for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to be added to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

Idaho's Republican lawmakers have repeatedly declined to hold a hearing on possible changes to the state's human rights act for several years. Supporters of the “Add the Words” movement say updating the human rights act would protect LGBT people in Idaho from discrimination in housing and employment. 

Last month, police arrested 32 LGBT activists at the state Capitol who were protesting lawmakers' refusal to bring up the issue. 

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Big News from Boise, Idaho as City Council Unanimously Approves LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance: VIDEOS

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Boise, Idaho's City Council took a big step forward last night, passing an ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation before a packed house that rose to gave it a standing ovation when the vote was over.

Writes the Statesman:

Following unanimous passage of the ordinance, the standing-room-only crowd in the State Capitol’s west wing auditorium stood and cheered. Jordan and fellow councilwoman Lauren McLean, who spearheaded the effort to draft the ordinance, said it is something Boise has lacked and will help the city’s standing with companies considering whether to open new establishments here. Churches, private organizations such as The Boy Scouts of America and other governments operating in the city are exempt from the law, which takes effect Jan. 1.

Boise is the second city in the state (and the largest) to pass such an ordinance. The first was Sandpoint.

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