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Otter: ‘We have done all we can through the courts for now to defend traditional marriage in Idaho’

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter just issued this statement:

“The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its mandate for enforcement of decisions overturning the Idaho Constitution’s prohibition on same-sex marriage effective at 10 a.m. MDT, 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, October 15. I continue to believe that the federal courts are mistaken in abandoning the sanctity of traditional marriage and in undermining the will of Idaho voters and each state’s right to define marriage. But we are civil society that respects the rule of law. We have done all we can through the courts for now to defend traditional marriage in Idaho.”

Asked if that final comment means Otter is dropping his appeals in Idaho’s court fight to defend its ban on same-sex marriage, Mark Warbis, Otter’s communications director, said, “It says exactly what we wanted to say, exactly what it does say.” Asked if Otter has filed any further motions or appeals in the case today, Warbis said no, but wouldn’t comment on whether Otter might file anything further after today. "It says 'for now,'" he said.

Todd Dvorak, spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, said, “We are keeping our legal options open,” but he said, “We don’t have anything planned today or tomorrow.”



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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