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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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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.
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.
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.
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