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Federal court to hear challenge to Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, May 5, 2014

Update on Monday’s hearing is here

BOISE, Idaho — A federal magistrate is scheduled to hear arguments in the case of four couples challenging Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Amber Beierle (left) and Rachael Robertson are one of four couples challenging Idaho's gay marriage ban.

Amber Beierle (left) and Rachael Robertson are one of four couples challenging Idaho’s gay marriage ban.

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 ruled last June that the federal government’s discrimination against married same-sex couples violated the federal constitutional requirements of equal protection and due process.

The Idaho couples are arguing the state’s ban also violates the U.S. Constitution.

Two of the couples sought marriage licenses in Ada County, while two others want the state to recognize marriages that took place in other states.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has said he will spend whatever is necessary to defend Idaho‘s constitutional ban.

Follow this case: Latta v. Otter.

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