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9th Circuit: ‘Raising children is hard,’ marriage helps for all types of parents

Here’s a link to my full story at on today’s 9th Circuit decision rejecting Idaho’s appeal and striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. The appeals court overturned both Idaho’s and Nevada’s bans on equal-protection grounds, finding them unconstitutional – and rejected Idaho’s main argument, that restricting marriage to just opposite-sex couples is better for children.

“Raising children is hard,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote in the unanimous ruling. “Marriage supports same-sex couples in parenting their children, just as it does opposite-sex couples.”

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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