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Federal Judge Hears Case Challenging Idaho Marriage Ban

Earlier today a federal judge in Idaho heard oral argument in a case challenging the state’s ban on marriage equality.  The case, Latta v. Otter, argues that Idaho’s laws barring same-sex couples from marrying and prohibiting the state from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states violates the United States Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process, according to the plaintiffs’ attorneys at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

The plaintiffs, Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber Beierle and Rachael Robertson are represented by two local attorneys and the National Center for Lesbian Rights and filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court in November 2013.

Latta is one of over 70 marriage equality cases working their way through the judicial system across the country.  These cases have been filed in 29 states plus Puerto Rico and account for hundreds of plaintiffs taking on state marriage bans.  Same-sex couples can legally marry in seventeen states and the District of Columbia, while 33 states have a law or constitutional amendment restricting marriage to the union of one man and one woman.

To learn more about this or other marriage cases across the country, visit www.americansformarriageequality.org

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