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Federal Judge Strikes Down Idaho Marriage Ban

Moments ago, a federal judge ruled that Idaho’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional.

In her ruling U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote, "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." 

If no stay is issued on this decision, marriage equality could begin as soon as Friday at 9am Mountain Time. 

The case was brought by four same-sex couples represented by Boise attorneys Deborah A. Ferguson and Craig Durham and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).  Congratulations to the plaintiffs and their attorneys!

Learn more about this and other marriage cases across the country at www.americansformarriageequality.org

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