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Judge Rules Idaho Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Idaho's same-sex marriage ban has been deemed unconstitutional. The court's injunction is effective at 9 a.m. on Friday!

The Idaho Statesman reports:

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has ruled Idaho's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. In her 57-page decision, Dale stated, "Idaho’s Marriage Laws withhold from them a profound and personal choice, one that most can take for granted. By doing so, Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love."

Idaho Governor Butch Otter intends to fight the ruling, stating:

"In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.”

Can't fight the inevitable, Butch.

Congrats on the ruling, Idaho!!





And once again, social conservatives are chagrined to find themselves on the wrong side of history.

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