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Idaho Gay Couples Can Marry Friday

Unless a higher court intervenes, same-sex couples in Idaho can legally marry starting Friday morning, after a federal judge overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban late Tuesday afternoon. “This is a historic day for Idaho and Idaho’s families,” said Deborah Ferguson, the lead attorney in the case, who represented four same-sex couples who sued to reverse Idaho’s voter-enacted ban. “It’s an enormously important decision.” Idaho Gov. Butch Otter vowed to appeal. “In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” the governor said. “Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution”/Betsy Russell, SR. More here. (SR photo by Betsy Russell: Shelia Robertson, left, with partner Andrea Altmayer on Tuesday evening, said, “If there’s no stay, we’re going to be first in line Friday morning”)

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