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UPDATED: Tue., May 17, 2016

Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday proposed legalizing gay marriage, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional …


Pope Francis eases way for divorced Catholics while reiterating limits on gay unions

Defining his mission to create a more merciful church, Pope Francis published a much-anticipated exhortation on love and marriage Friday, easing the way for divorced and remarried Catholics to rejoin …


Judge lets Idaho gay marriage wedding chapel case proceed

BOISE – A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that alleges an Idaho city’s anti-discrimination policy violates the religious rights of wedding chapel owners who oppose same sex …


Alabama court won’t defy Supreme Court on gay marriage

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to defy the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.


Italy Senate OKs civil unions, but LGBT groups are unhappy

Italy’s Senate voted Thursday to grant legal recognition to civil unions, as the last holdout in Western Europe took a compromise step to give some rights to gay couples after …


Rep. Raul Labrador at forefront of gay marriage clash

When the U.S. Supreme Court last summer gave same-sex couples the right to marry, Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho said Congress should move quickly to protect the religious liberty …


Prime minister says Australian vote to decide gay marriage

Australia’s prime minister gave a personal assurance on Friday that his government would legalize gay marriage if a majority of Australians choose marriage equality in a popular vote.


Eye on Boise: New state broadband network ruled out

Eye on Boise column for Sunday


Vatican observers raise questions over clerk’s pope visit

The private meeting Pope Francis held with defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is a strong papal endorsement of religious resistance to gay marriage, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he approves …


Idaho to pay attorney fees in same-sex burial case

BOISE – Idaho’s top state elected officials have approved paying $70,000 in attorney fees to Madelynn Lee Taylor, the Navy veteran who went to court to fight to have her …


Faith and Values: Hope in God should frame our response to court’s marriage decision

Disgust. Anger. Despair. Two weeks later, I still see it on their faces, hear it in their voices.


Washington, Idaho couples will see their unions recognized nationwide

The Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states will have only indirect effects on Washington and Idaho, where same-sex couples already are able to marry. Washington voters …


Richland florist a ‘grain of sand’ in gay rights storm

The 70-year-old grandmother who owns a flower shop in Washington and became a national figure for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding says she was surprised her actions …


Idaho House asks Congress to impeach judges who rule for same-sex marriage

BOISE – The Idaho House on Friday voted 44-25 in favor of a nonbinding memorial to Congress calling for federal judges who rule in favor of gay marriage to be …


Idaho gay marriage fight may cost state extra $300,000

BOISE – The legal team that successfully fought to overturn Idaho’s ban on gay marriage has filed paperwork seeking an additional $300,000 in court costs. Boise attorney and lead counsel …


Idaho challenge still pending

BOISE – As the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to take up the 6th Circuit same-sex marriage case, opening the door to possible settlement of the issue for all 50 states, …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court will decide gay marriage issue

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution.


Otter strikes defiant tone in third inauguration speech

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter struck a defiant tone in his third inaugural address Friday, declaring, “We stand for what’s right, here in Idaho.” “Where we draw the line …


Court may be near gay marriage settlement

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has quietly engineered a dramatic increase in the number of states that allow gay and lesbian couples to wed. That increase also has raised the …


Otter appeals to Supreme Court on gay marriage

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has filed a petition appealing the legalization of same-sex marriage in Idaho to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the state’s case is the “ideal …


Idaho must pay attorney fees in same-sex marriage case

BOISE – The state of Idaho must pay more than $400,000 in attorney fees and costs to the lawyers who represented four lesbian couples in overturning the state’s ban on …


Otter: Supreme Court should hear Idaho’s input before deciding on gay marriage

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter believes the state’s arguments against gay marriage are so compelling and comprehensive that the U.S. Supreme Court should wait until it gets Idaho’s case …


Number of same-sex marriages in Washington in 2014 likely down from 2013

With much fanfare and even some post-midnight ceremonies, same-sex marriage became legal in Washington two years ago today. But after boosting state marriage statistics by 8,429 to 49,590 in 2013, …


Idaho Lt. Gov. Little prepared to take on role of governor

BOISE – If newly re-elected 72-year-old Idaho Gov. Butch Otter didn’t complete his full third term, Idaho’s new governor would be Brad Little, the second-term lieutenant governor, rancher and former …


Eye on Boise: Legislators hope for resolution on broadband network

State lawmakers are growing concerned about the broadband network that serves high schools across the state, after a judge Nov. 10 voided a $60 million contract for the Idaho Education …


Idaho officials encouraged by ruling upholding marriage ban

BOISE – Idaho officials say they have new hope that the state’s same-sex marriage case could be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, after Thursday’s appeals court ruling upholding …


US appeals court upholds gay marriage bans

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the …


Shriners hospitals to give gay couples benefits after Spokane complaint

Starting Jan. 1, Spokane’s Shriners Hospital for Children will extend health benefits for same-sex married partners, a change that followed a call by a hospital worker to the Washington attorney …


Eye on Boise: Cost to fight gay marriage passes $80,000

Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage has now topped $80,000. And that was before Gov. Butch Otter’s latest appeal to …


Shawn Vestal: Truth trampled in Hitching Post stampede

It was always clear that for many, matrimony is a holy sacrament. Apparently, so is gettin’ hitched.