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Fri., May 16, 2014, 9:25 a.m.

Gay marriage backers rally with smiles, cake on courthouse steps

Organizer Emily Walton, right, serves cake at a gathering to support same-sex marriage on the Ada County Courthouse steps Friday morning; the party originally was planned as a wedding reception, until an appeals court late Thursday stayed a federal court order that would have legalized gay marriage in Idaho as of 9 a.m. Friday. (Betsy Russell)
Organizer Emily Walton, right, serves cake at a gathering to support same-sex marriage on the Ada County Courthouse steps Friday morning; the party originally was planned as a wedding reception, until an appeals court late Thursday stayed a federal court order that would have legalized gay marriage in Idaho as of 9 a.m. Friday. (Betsy Russell)

Close to 200 people gathered on the steps of the Ada County Courthouse today for what was originally planned as a celebration of the start of legal gay marriage in Idaho, but thanks to a 9th Circuit temporary stay, instead became a feel-good gathering supporting the progress toward that goal. Here, organizer Emily Walton cuts the donated wedding cake to feed the crowd; same-sex couples, supporters, friends and family members mixed happily, some saying the gathering felt more like a reunion.

“I think this is awesome,” said a smiling Sue Latta, the lead plaintiff in the successful lawsuit that overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. “This is not just for us, this is for everybody, young, old, gay, straight. Here’s what I believe: If we voted on it today, the constitutional amendment would not pass.” Periodically, cars passing by on busy Front Street honked their horns, prompting those along the sidewalk to wave and cheer.

Off to one side, four protesters stood quietly with signs saying, “My vote should count” and “I support you Gov. Otter and Attorney General Wasden, Idaho voted, our vote should stand.”

Walton said, “We’ve tried to avoid any really political rally stuff. We want people to be happy – this is still a great crowd.”




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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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