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As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

After the Ninth Circuit invalidated the state's marriage equality ban on 10/8/14, the state asked the US Supreme Court to step in. Justice Kennedy placed a stay on the decision, but the Supreme Court removed the stay on 10/10/14, bringing full marriage equality to Idaho. The state does allow adoption for same sex couples.

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Gay Marriage Laws in Idaho

Relationship Recognition: Full Marriage Equality
Out of State Recognition: Yes
Adoption: Yes

If we know about any local marriage equality events, we'll list them here.

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Gay Marriage News in Idaho

Anatomy of a Right-Wing Fabrication

Oct 28th, 2014

To right-wing extremists, it seemed to be just the story they were waiting for to validate their screeds against LGBT rights. But was it a true tale, or sweet little lies and distortions as tasty as (not-for-lesbians) wedding cake? The story starts with an Idaho Christian couple compelled -- forced! -- to wed same-sex couples in their chapel. Exactly the scenario... read_more

Navy Veteran Finally Gets OK to Be Buried Next to Her Wife

Oct 23rd, 2014

We reported on the story some time ago, but it now has a happy ending. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A U.S. Navy veteran can be buried with the ashes of her late spouse in a southwest Idaho military cemetery after the state legalized gay marriage. "It's done," 74-year-old Madelynn Lee Taylor said Wednesday after successfully completing paperwork to be buried at... read_more

Idaho Governor Continues to Fight Marriage Equality

Oct 22nd, 2014

After having said he would not appeal the recent marriage equality decision, Idaho's Governor Butch Otter has apparently had a change of heart. SDGLN reports:

Idaho failed to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay that would have halted gay marriages in that state, so the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dissolved its temporary stay and... read_more

Almost Everything You've Been Told About The Idaho Wedding Chapel Story Is A Lie

Oct 22nd, 2014

Two ministers, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, own a for-profit wedding chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, but say they cannot marry same-sex couples because of their faith. Now that same-sex couples can legally marry in Idaho, the Knapps face a possible issue. Earlier this year, as you can see in this video, Donald Knapp (photo, above,) said he'd close the chapel rather... read_more

Marriage Equality: What’s Going On in Idaho

Oct 10th, 2014

The developments continue too in Idaho, where the Governor is still dead-set against marriage equality, Here's what happened yesterday. Two days ago, Justice Kennedy granted the state's request for a stay in the marriage equality case, inadvertently blocking Nevada weddings for a day. LGBT Weekly looks at his possible reasoning:

Does this mean Kennedy won't rule in favor of marriage... read_more

Marriage Equality: What's Going On in Idaho and Nevada?

Oct 9th, 2014

Things have gotten a bit messy in Idaho and Nevada since the Ninth Circuit overturned bans in both states on Tuesday. Here's the run-down. Nevada planned to drop its appeal of the case, meaning that the state would see same sex weddings begin almost immediately - by 2 PM yesterday. But Idaho officials had other plans for their own state. Towleroad.com... read_more

The Best Quote from Today's Ninth Circuit Marriage Equality Decision

Oct 7th, 2014

The Circuit Court took down Idaho Governor Butch Otter:

He also states, in conclusory fashion, that allowing same-sex marriage will lead opposite-sex couples to abuse alcohol and drugs, engage in extramarital affairs, take on demanding work schedules, and participate in time-consuming hobbies. We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle down in legally recognized marriages will drive... read_more

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Marriage Equality Bans in Nevada, Idaho

Oct 7th, 2014

The hits just keep on coming - what a crazy and wonderful week this is turning out to be. The Ninth Circuit just struck down bans in Nevada and Idaho. The Washington Blade reports:

Just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up petitions seeking to overturn rulings in favor of marriage equality, a federal appeals court... read_more

Ninth Circuit Panel Hears Marriage Equality Cases from Idaho, Hawaii, and Nevada

Sep 9th, 2014

Yesterday, a three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit heard marriage equality cases from Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada. Equality on Trial reports:

Much discussion was made of the proper level of constitutional scrutiny which should be applied to the laws. Judge Berzon suggested that marriage equality proponents would be... read_more

Ninth Circuit to Hear Marriage Equality Cases from Hawaii, Idaho, and Nevada Today

Sep 8th, 2014

Today is the day for the next big marriage equality hearing at Circuit Court level – cases from Hawaii, Idaho, and Nevada. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal appeals court on Monday is set to consider same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled two hours of arguments Monday on whether such... read_more

Another Marriage Equality Appeals Court Hearing Monday

Sep 6th, 2014

Wow, we're really in the thick of it. There's yet another circuit court hearing on marriage equality coming up on Monday. HRC reports:

On Monday, September 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear arguments in marriage equality court cases from Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada after federal district court rulings were appealed. Jackson v. Abercrombie... read_more

Three Judge Panel Announced for Ninth Circuit Marriage Equality Hearing

Sep 3rd, 2014

It looks like the three-judge panel that will hear marriage equality cases from Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada next week's swings liberal. Towleroad.com reports:

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has announced the 3 judge panel that will hear challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada: Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald M. Gould and Marsha S. Berzon. All three were... read_more

Another Big Circuit Court Hearing For Marriage Equality September 8th

Aug 29th, 2014

The hits just keep coming. We've got another big Circuit Court hearing coming up, this one in the Ninth Circuit, covering cases from Idaho, Nevada, and Hawaii. Passport Magazine reports:

On September 8th the 9th Circuit Court will hear oral arguments beginning at the James R Browning US Courthouse, 95 7th Street, San Francisco. The arguments concern laws banning marriage... read_more

Lesbian Veteran Sues Idaho for Right to Be Buried With Partner

Jul 8th, 2014

A lesbian widow escalated her fight to be buried next to her late partner this week. The Washington Blade reports:

A lesbian widow in Idaho is suing the state to grant her burial rights in a veterans' cemetery where her late spouse's ashes have already been laid to rest. Madelynn Lee Taylor, a 74-year-old military veteran who served in the... read_more

Which US States Are Likely To Move Ahead On Marriage Equality This Summer

Jun 4th, 2014

Our friend Matt Baume speculates on which states will next see movement toward marriage equality. The Huffington Post reports:

Texas, Nevada, Michigan and Idaho: All four are poised to make major strides toward the freedom to marry this summer. Last week multiple courts announced schedules for court dates in all four states.
The first one to watch is Texas, where briefings... read_more

US Cities and LGBT Rights Ordinances

May 22nd, 2014

We have a few updates about cities across the US and LGBT rights ordinances. We'll start in Topeka, Kansas, which just passed a partnership registry for same sex couples AND an LGBT rights ordinance. Edge Boston reports:

The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances aimed at reducing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, after hearing emotional testimony from both... read_more

Idaho Marriage Equality Decision Stay to Remain in Place

May 21st, 2014

The Ninth Circuit decided to extend the stay on Idaho's marriage equality decision until the appeal is decided, but they did expedite that appeal. Equality on Trial reports:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order in Latta v. Otter, the challenge to Idaho's same-sex marriage ban, fast-tracking the state's appeal and issuing a stay of the federal... read_more

USA, Idaho: GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Marriage Equality

May 17th, 2014

You gotta love this guy - Harley Brown supports gays and marriage equality, even though he's a Republican running for governor in Idaho. Towleroad.com reports:

Harley Brown is one of the most colorful contenders for Idaho governor, both in personality and appearance. The Republican biker showed up to the debates last Wednesday in leather gear and a crass attitude that... read_more

Idaho Marriage Equality Supporters Rally

May 17th, 2014

After the ninth circuit snatched away marriage equality at the last minute, several hundred Idaho marriage equality supporters rallied in Boise. Edge Boston reports:

Waving rainbow flags and holding signs that read "Love will prevail," nearly 200 gay rights supporters flocked to the steps of a county courthouse Friday to celebrate and protest the latest development in Idaho's legal battle... read_more

No Idaho Marriage Equality Tomorrow

May 15th, 2014

The state will have to wait a little longer for Idaho marriage equality after the 9th circuit granted a temporary stay. Edge Boston reports:

A federal appeals court has temporarily put plans for Idaho same-sex weddings on hold while it considers the state's request for a longer stay. The state's gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge... read_more

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At Purple Unions, we take marriage equality seriously. As a gay couple who have been together since 1992, we know that gay and lesbian couples can and do form long-term, stable, supportive relationships, and we believe the institution of marriage and all the responsabilities and benefits that come with it should be opened up to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. To this end, we created Purple Unions as a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Idaho currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples, and has both legal and constitutional bans on gay marriage. The state does allow adoption by gay and lesbian couples.

We hope that you find these resources useful, and that you'll join us in the fight for marriage equality!

--Scott & Mark, Purple Unions