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.
Follow the Marriage Litigation in Idaho.
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:
- 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)
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.
Blog Posts Related to Idaho
Today, September 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit will hear oral arguments in landmark marriage cases out of three different states - Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. Listen to audio from the oral argument later today.
On May 13, 2014 U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale, a federal judge in Idaho, ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, and now couples across the state are celebrating! Meet just a few of the amazing couples celebrating this huge step forward for marriage in the Gem State.
Today U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale, a federal judge in Idaho, ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment that bans same-sex couples from marriage.
Resources Related to Idaho
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Idaho.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".