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Judge: Idaho must allow gender changes on birth certificates

A federal judge says Idaho can't keep automatically rejecting applications from transgender people seeking to change the gender listed on their birth certificates, the AP reports. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale says rules by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution...

Women shut out of Idaho judge selection

BOISE – It seems that women need not apply to the federal district court bench in Idaho. A secretive selection process that Idaho’s two senators have launched to find a replacement for U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge appears to be ignoring female candidates.

Idaho gay marriage stayed in federal court

A federal appeals court has stayed the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho from taking effect, but agreed to speed up its decision-making on the matter. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s motion for a stay – putting the change on hold while the case is appealed.

Judge strikes Idaho’s ban on gay marriage

BOISE – Same-sex couples in Idaho can marry starting Friday morning, after a federal judge struck down 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 defends same-sex marriage ban in federal court

BOISE – Lawyers for the state of Idaho urged a federal judge on Monday to uphold Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying it benefits children. “Idaho has sufficiently good reasons for maintaining the man-woman marriage institution,” Thomas Perry, attorney for Gov. Butch Otter, told the court. “When you look at benefits, what more compelling interest does the state of Idaho have than securing an ideal child-rearing environment for future generations?”

Federal officials giving tribal police more authority

BOISE – Law enforcement is being hampered in Indian Country by what federal authorities describe as jurisdictional gaps. So they’re working with three Idaho tribes, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, to federalize tribal police, giving officers the authority to issue citations to non-Indians on the reservation for some minor offenses - with the backing of federal courts.