Federal Judge Rules Idaho Marriage Ban Unconstitutional


New York – Today U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled that Idaho’s discriminatory state constitutional amendment denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry in Idaho and respect for legal marriages between same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Dale is the latest of more than a dozen federal and state judges to rule in favor of the freedom to marry in recent months.

Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:

"Today's ruling from the federal court in Idaho is the latest in more than a dozen rulings unanimously holding marriage discrimination unconstitutional. From Idaho to Arkansas, Utah to Michigan, the courts are affirming that there is no good reason for government to deny marriage to committed couples. As gay couples and their families begin to share in the joy and security of the freedom to marry, hearts and minds are opening, discrimination's barriers are falling, and we're moving our country to the right side of history. As the federal appellate courts now take up these marriage cases, America is ready for the freedom to marry."

A record-high 59% of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples, with majority support now in every region of the country.

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.