Idaho waits for appeals court on same-sex marriages

Statesman staffMay 20, 2014 

A federal judge’s decision to overturn Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriages last week remains in limbo while the state waits to learn if the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals will grant its request for a stay pending appeal.

The court has not given a timeline on when it would rule on the request.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled May 13 that Idaho’s 2006 amendment is unconstitutional. Her ruling was to be effective 9 a.m. Friday. On Wednesday, she rejected Gov. Butch Otter’s request to stop any same-sex marriages until all appeals were resolved.

Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden quickly filed emergency stay requests with the 9th Circuit Court.

Less than 24 hours before county clerks could start issuing licenses for same-sex marriages, the 9th Circuit Court put Dale’s ruling temporarily on hold while the court considers the state’s request for a longer stay.

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