USA, Idaho: After Marriage Equality Hearing, Judge Promises to Rule Soon

Written by scott on May 6th, 2014

IdahoThere was a hearing on a marriage equality lawsuit in Idaho yesterday.

Oregon Live reports:

The four couples, all women, say Idaho discriminates by subjecting them to different tax rules and denying them rights given heterosexual families. Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson of Boise, said the sole purpose of Idaho’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is to subject same-sex couples to stigma and shame. “Ten out of 10 federal district courts which have considered challenges to their states’ same sex marriage bans have found them to be unconstitutional, and likewise we are here to ask this court to do the same,” Ferguson said.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, a defendant, says states have the right to define marriage as they see fit. He contends that the same-sex marriage ban is vital to Idaho’s goal of creating “stable, husband-wife unions for the benefit of their children.”

The judge promised to rule soon:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale told attorneys for four couples Monday that the emotional case raised lots of questions, and that she would get a ruling out in the “relatively near future.” She declined to give a specific date, and it wasn’t clear if her decision would come before other cases pending across the nation.

Which of these marriage equality rulings will come back next? My money’s on Arkansas.

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