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Wed., May 14, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

Otter files stay request with 9th Circuit, says he’ll fight for ‘Idaho’s right to self-determination’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has filed a motion for an emergency stay with the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking that a federal judge’s order declaring same-sex marriage legal in Idaho not take effect Friday morning as scheduled. You can read Otter’s 25-page brief here. He also issued this statement:

“My first and highest responsibility is to defend the Idaho Constitution and the will of the people of Idaho as expressed at the ballot box. Idaho voters decided this issue in 2006 by defining ‘marriage’ in our Constitution as a union between a man and a woman. As Governor, it is my duty to aggressively support that decision throughout the legal process. We did that before Judge Dale with arguments that go to the heart of Idaho’s values and respect for the family unit as it’s been embraced by society for millennia. But we have seen enough federal judges around the country ignoring the expressed will of voters and the constitutionally protected sovereignty of states that we know this issue will be finally decided by the United States Supreme Court.  My job now is to ensure our state’s voice is heard loud and clear on appeal, and that Idaho’s right to self-determination is not further undermined.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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