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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.

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. The state is currently fighting a lawsuit to overturn its ban.

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Gay Marriage Laws in Idaho

Relationship Recognition: Constitutional Ban
Out of State Recognition: No
Adoption: Yes

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Gay Marriage News

Gay Marriage News in Idaho

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

USA, Idaho: Weddings to Begin Tomorrow In Wake Of Idaho Marriage Equality Case Ruling

May 15th, 2014

Idaho's Governor Butch Otter (we know!) has asked the Ninth Circuit to stay this week's Idaho marriage equality decision. Joe.My.God reports:

Having been rejected today by the district court that overturned Idaho's marriage ban, Gov. Butch Otter (seriously) tonight took his stay demand to the Ninth Circuit Court. Same-sex marriages are due to commence Friday morning. Chris Geidner reports at... read_more

USA, Idaho: Judge Will Not Stay Marriage Equality Decisions

May 14th, 2014

The judge who just overturned Idaho's ban on same sex marriage yesterday has refused a request to stay his decision. Edge Boston reports:

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale said in her decision that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's appeal is unlikely to succeed, so there's no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying on Friday. Dale... read_more

USA, Idaho: Another Judge Overturns Marriage Equality Ban

May 13th, 2014

Yet another marriage equality ban falls, this one in Idaho. The Advocate reports:

A judge in Idaho ruled Tuesday evening that the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled that Idaho's 2006 law, which amended the state constitution to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, violates the U.S. Constitution, according to marriage... read_more

USA, Idaho: After Marriage Equality Hearing, Judge Promises Swift Ruling

May 6th, 2014

There was a hearing on a marriage equality lawsuit in Idaho yesterday. Oregon Live reports:

The four couples, all women, say Idaho discriminates by subjecting them to different tax rules and denying them rights given heterosexual families. Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson of Boise, said the sole purpose of Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is to subject same-sex couples... read_more

USA, Idaho: Hearing Today on Marriage Equality Case

May 5th, 2014

Another day, another marriage equality hearing. This time in Idaho. LGBTQ Nation reports:

A federal magistrate is scheduled to hear arguments in the case of four couples challenging Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage. Arguments are scheduled Monday morning before Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale in Boise. The couples filed the lawsuit in November after the Supreme Court... read_more

USA, Idaho: Fellow Veteran Offers Plot to Lesbian Soldier

May 1st, 2014

A straight veteran is offering up his own plot to a lesbian veteran who wants to be buried alongside her wife in a Veterans cemetery. Think Progress reports:

But now a fellow veteran is stepping up and offering a chance for Taylor and Mixner to reside beside each other forever. U.S. Army Col. Barry Johnson (ret.) wrote in an open... read_more

Idaho Won't Let This Veteran Be Buried With Her Wife

Apr 24th, 2014

A Veteran's cemetary in Idaho is blocking a woman's request to be buried with her wife when she dies. Gay Star News reports:

74-year-old US Navy veteran Madelynn Taylor wants to be buried with her wife Jean Mixner's ashes but Idaho's state military cemetery won't let her while that state retains its ban on same-sex marriage. Taylor had been in... read_more

USA, Idaho: Victory for Gay Adoption at State Supreme Court

Feb 11th, 2014

The Idaho Supreme Court handed a victory to a lesbian woman who wanted to adopt her spouse's children. Reuters reports:

Idaho's top court on Monday ruled that state law allows a woman to adopt the children of her same-sex spouse, in a precedent-setting victory for gay couples in a socially conservative U.S. state that has banned the unions. The ruling... 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