In case you missed it, a federal judge ruled yesterday that the state of Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
In a lawsuit brought by four couples in Idaho, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote in the decision that the law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally denies gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry. She contends that marriage works a fundamental change on the lives of all who experience it, holding immense personal and spiritual significance, and that the state law wrongly stigmatizes gay and lesbian couples and relegates their families to second-class status without sufficient reason.
While Governor Otter intends to appeal the case, the governor’s request to have Dale’s decision stayed was denied today. Dale argued that the appeal was unlikely to succeed and therefore a stay was not necessary.