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ACLU won’t challenge Hitching Post’s refusal to marry same-sex couples

The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho says it will not challenge a northern Idaho wedding chapel’s refusal to conduct gay marriages because the chapel falls under a religious exemption. …


Idaho veteran will be buried with her wife

After years of being denied, a Navy veteran will be allowed to be buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery next to her wife. Wednesday was the third time 74-year-old …


Otter seeks full panel review of gay marriage ruling

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants a larger group of judges to reconsider the recent decision that overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. “I will continue defending Idahoans’ …


Same-sex marriage opposition falls short

Now that gay marriage has arrived in Idaho, we will get some answers to a few pressing questions. Will the expansion of civil rights for gay people drive heterosexuals away …


Hitching Post sues Coeur d’Alene after declining to marry gay couple

The owners of the Hitching Post wedding chapel filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Coeur d’Alene Friday, claiming that the city is unconstitutionally forcing them to violate their …


Otter won’t desert gay-marriage fight, takes on challengers during election debate

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced during a political debate Tuesday night that he plans to continue fighting same-sex marriage – though he issued a statement earlier in the …


Lawyer: 9th Circuit panel biased in same-sex marriage decision

A lawyer who argued against same-sex marriage before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is charging that the three-person federal panel was stacked with judges favorable to same-sex marriage …


Same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in Idaho

BOISE – Gay couples may obtain marriage licenses in Idaho beginning 9 a.m. Wednesday after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it will no longer block the issuance …


Gay couple in Moscow are first to be married in North Idaho

Katherine Sprague didn’t wake up on Friday knowing she’d be married at the end of the day. If she had, she would have worn something nicer than jeans and a …


Gay marriage blocked in Idaho a day after court rejected ban

BOISE – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an emergency stay Wednesday morning blocking same-sex marriage from starting in Idaho – just as couples waiting at county clerk’s offices …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 8, 2014

Otter gets last-minute stay to block Idaho gay marriages

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, at the request of Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, issued an emergency stay this morning blocking same-sex marriage from starting in Idaho – just as …


Same-sex marriage begins in Idaho as 9th Circuit lifts stay

BOISE – Same-sex couples can wed in Idaho starting today – one day after a federal appellate court struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage. After the ruling was announced …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 7, 2014

Same-sex couple can marry in Idaho starting tomorrow

A unanimous 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has struck down Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, along with Nevada’s. The appeals court overturned both states’ bans on equal-protection grounds, finding …


Idaho same-sex unions still illegal pending appeal in 9th Circuit

BOISE – With Idaho’s same-sex marriage case still pending at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys in the case were surprised Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court denied …


High court denies gay marriage appeals from five states

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.


Eye on Boise: Idaho gay-marriage ban fight tab tops $71,000

Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage: $71,477. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office reported spending $2,569 for an appellate filing …


Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.


Idaho makes case for same-sex marriage ban in court

Idaho’s arguments supporting its invalidated ban on gay marriage came in for tough and skeptical questioning Monday by a panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals …


Idaho marriage law heads to appeals court

When lawyers for the state of Idaho and for four Idaho lesbian couples face off in a federal appeals courtroom in San Francisco on Monday, the fate of Idaho’s invalidated …


Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states

CHICAGO — A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for gay-marriage …


Gay marriage arguments flooding federal courts

CINCINNATI — Federal appeals courts soon will hear arguments in gay marriage fights from nine states, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to …


In brief: Judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban

DENVER – A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, but he issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state a chance to …


Editorial: ‘Add 4 Words’ protesters deserve legislators’ attention

The Ada County courtroom where about two dozen “Add the 4 Words” protesters were sentenced Monday was packed. Too bad there wasn’t enough seating for Idaho’s legislators. They would have …


Navy veteran suing Idaho for same-sex burial

BOISE – Madelynn Lee Taylor figures she doesn’t have that much time to wait around, so she filed a lawsuit Monday asking a federal judge to order Idaho to allow …


State officials: Companies offering health benefits must cover same-sex spouses

OLYMPIA – Businesses that offer health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer it to same-sex spouses, state officials said Thursday. Insurance plans must offer equal coverage to all spouses. …


Otter wants full appeals court review of same-sex marriage rulings

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to send Idaho’s same-sex marriage case to a full, 11-judge panel of the court, rather than the …


Four couples sue Montana over same-sex marriage ban

Four gay couples filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging Montana’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, making North Dakota and South Dakota the only two states with similar bans and no lawsuits …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., May 20, 2014

Judge strikes Pennsylvania gay marriage ban

Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage has been overturned by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex matrimony legal throughout the Northeast.


Eye on Boise: Fulcher rankled by debate’s ‘circus atmosphere’

GOP candidate for governor Russ Fulcher is decrying last week’s gubernatorial debate, saying incumbent Gov. Butch Otter’s insistence on including two marginal candidates created a “circus atmosphere.” The antics of …