Idaho’s Governor, C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter, a Republican, has been denied a stay on the ruling that Idaho’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, by the federal judge who struck it down. Chief Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, as it violates couples’ equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.
The governor of Idaho, who yesterday sought a stay on the ruling while the decision is appealed, said the ruling was ‘regrettable’,
and has stated that he will petition a higher court in an attempt to keep the equal marriage ban in place.
In a press release dated 13th, in a reaction to the decision, Otter stated:
“In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Today’s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.”
Judge Dale’s reasons for striking down the gay marriage ban were many, and included the statement:
“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.”