Idaho: Judge strikes down same-sex marriage ban

Freedom To Marry shares the news that today U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale, a federal judge in Idaho, ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment that bans same-sex couples from marriage.

The judge says Idaho’s marriage laws violate the couples’ rights under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

From the ruling:”Idaho’s marriage laws. relegate their gay families to a stigmatized, second-class status without sufficient reason.”

The judge stated that the order takes effect this Friday at 9am.

The ruling is the 16th consecutive victory in state and federal court for the freedom to marry since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Windsor v. United States in June 2013. The ruling is the 12th win in federal court for marriage since June.

The decision was filed in Latta v. Otter, a federal case filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights last fall that seeks the freedom to marry and respect for marriages legally performed in other states.

It comes just a few days after a May 5 hearing in the case, where Judge Dale heard arguments on the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.

(via press release)