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.