Chalk up another victory for gay rights in America. Gay couples may be getting married as soon as Friday in Idaho because of Judge Dale's ruling to strike down a ban on same sex marriage. He then denied two other requests by Gov. Otter.
The Idaho Statesman has the news:
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale has denied Gov. Butch Otter's motion for a stay on her decision overturning Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages.
After Dale's ruling on Tuesday, Otter requested that an emergency hearing before Judge Dale take place before noon Wednesday on his request for a stay. Otter asked that no marriages be permitted until "completion of all appeals."
Dale denied both of Otter's requests.
“Judge Dale’s denial of the state’s request for a stay of her decision on same-sex marriage is regrettable in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to stay a similar case, but not surprising. We will appeal to the 9th Circuit Court,” said Otter.
Otter said today he will file motions for an emergency hearing and a stay with the 9th Circuit Court.
That's great news.
Gay couples could flood courthouses Friday morning, seeking to exercise a newly declared right to marry in Idaho. A Tuesday evening ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale striking down Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages will take effect at 9 a.m. Friday.