Idaho same-sex couples will not be able to get marriage licenses tomorrow. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay in the ruling while they decide if a longer stay is necessary during the appeals process. Both Governor Butch Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden have promised to appeal. This is sort of like when your dad said “We’ll see.” instead of “No.”
Unless an appellate court grants a stay in the ruling, Idaho’s marriage ban has been struck down, and couples will be able to get married on Friday, May 16. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled that Idaho’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Idaho Governor Butch Otter, who seriously has the BEST name of any politician out there, filed a contingent motion to stay pending appeal before Dale even issued her ruling. Responses to the motion from the lawyers for the plaintiffs are due by June 5.
Madelynn Taylor served in the Navy for six years. When Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed and part of DOMA was overturned, she gained the right to be buried with her wife in any national cemetery. The problem is, the Idaho Division of Veterans services rejected her application to be buried with her wife in the cemetery in her home town because it is bound by state law. In Taylor’s words, “I don’t see where the ashes of a couple old lesbians is going to hurt anyone.” Maybe they’re worried about knocking one of the urns over and releasing a glittery, rainbow hued gay-ridden ash cloud of terror that will wake the dead? I thought we were making the zombies by passing out those cookies to people!
Idaho bans same-sex marriage by both constitutional amendment and state law