Marriage Equality Comes To Idaho—Gay Rights On The Move
There have now been 11 federal judges to rule since last summer that gay men and women must have the right to marry.
Today the issue was direct and central to one of the most conservative–and perhaps the most conservative– state in the nation.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has ruled Idaho’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, opening the door for gay and lesbian couples to begin marrying as soon as Friday morning.
“This case asks a basic and enduring question about the essence of American government: Whether the will of the majority, based as it often is on sincere beliefs and democratic consensus, may trump the rights of a minority,” the judge wrote in her 57-page decision.
Idaho’s laws wrongly stigmatize gay and lesbian couples and relegate their families to second-class status without sufficient reason, Dale said.
“… 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,” Dale wrote.