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Plaintiffs filing emergency motion to 9th Circuit to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages in Idaho

Attorneys for the four same-sex couples who successfully sued to overturn Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage say they're filing an emergency motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay on the court's decision overturning the ban, and allow Idaho same-sex couples to marry. “I’m hoping they’ll lift it immediately, and maybe we’ll know in the morning,” said Boise attorney Deborah Ferguson. “It’s our firm position that the stay should not be in place any longer, especially after the Supreme Court's ruling yesterday.”

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected seven appeals from five states where bans on same-sex marriage were overturned by courts of appeal; that effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 30 states and the District of Columbia, but not yet in Idaho.

Ferguson said, "We have a decision - we have the legal grounds."

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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