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Wasden files second emergency motion to 9th Circuit, seeking delay in marriage case

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has now filed an emergency motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as well, seeking to delay the effective date of a federal judge’s order permitting same-sex marriage in Idaho starting Friday morning. Wasden argues that the couples who sued to overturn the ban would be the ones harmed if a stay isn’t granted, because they’d be allowed to marry, but then, if the ruling is subsequently overturned on appeal, their marriages could be legally undone. “None of the parties’ interests, nor those of non-party same-sex couples, are served by the manifold complications attendant to such ‘de-marriage,’ the Attorney General argues. “Absent a stay, marriages would be entered into under a cloud of potential impermanence that has quite significant practical consequences if the district court got it wrong.”

You can read the attorney general’s motion here.

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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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