Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; a federal judge has ruled that the amendment is unconstitutional. The ruling takes effect Friday, May 16.


On May 13, a federal judge ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Idaho, striking down the state's anti-marriage constitutional amendment. The decision was in Latta v. Otter, in which four same-sex couples sought the freedom to marry and respect for their out-of-state marriages in Idaho. The lawsuit argued that laws in Idaho that restrict marriage to different-sex couples and refuse to respect legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states violate the United States Constitution's commitment to equal protection and due process. 

As the case makes its way up through the courts and appeals process, Idaho residents across the state will continue to do the work of having conversations about why marriage matters and creating a climate for victory.

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In 2006, anti-gay forces in Idaho pushed through Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits same-sex couples from attaining any form of legal family status. 


  • The National Center for Lesbian Rights works to bring civil rights to all families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education, and is working on the lawsuit to bring the freedom to marry for all families in Idaho.
  • Your Family, Friends, & Neighbors is a grassroots organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 


Support for the freedom to marry has increased dramatically in the past 8 years, with 41% of residents now supporting marriage. In 2004, just 26% were supportive. (Williams Institute, 2012)   


According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 2,042 same-sex couples are living in Idaho, representing 3.5 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

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