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Judge Denies Idaho Governor's Request To Put A Hold On Gay Marriages

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.
Judge Denies Idaho Governor's Request To Put A Hold On Gay Marriages

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.

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