Idaho

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Four same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit, Latta v. Otter, seeking the freedom to marry and respect for their out-of-state marriages in Idaho. The lawsuit argues 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. The case is now awaiting movement on a motion from the plaintiffs for summary judgment. 

As the case makes its way up through the courts, 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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HISTORY:

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. 

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

POLLING DATA: 

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)   

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

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.

Resources Related to Idaho

Idaho Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Idaho.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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