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Latta v. Otter

Latta v. Otter is a federal court case challenging Idaho's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and corresponding statutes, as well as state recognition of out-of-state marriages, and was filed Nov. 8, 2013 in U.S. District Court in Boise by the National Center for Lesbian Rights on behalf of four same-sex couples. [ Case files. ]

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Idaho couples ask U.S. Supreme Court to lift stay, allow same-sex marriages

Thursday, October 9, 2014
After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban, the attorneys and plaintiffs in Idaho's case gathered for a news conference in front of the James A McClure Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014 in Boise, Idaho. In front are attorneys Deborah Ferguson and Craig Durham, and from left to right behind them are three of the four couples in the case: Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Sharene and Lori Watsen and Rachael and Amber Beierle.
BOISE, Idaho -- Four Idaho couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to begin in accordance with a lower court's ruling earlier this week. Attorneys for the couples filed the opposition to an emergency stay with the high court Wednesday afternoon.

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Court issues mandate, says same-sex marriage in Idaho begins immediately

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -- A federal appeals court declared same-sex marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday and followed the ruling a few hours later with a mandate allowing the Idaho marriages to start immediately. The order, issued Tuesday evening, means that same-sex couples in Idaho won't have to wait for the standard...

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Ninth Circuit strikes down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho, Nevada

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld gay marriage in Idaho and Nevada, saying bans on the practice in those states violate same-sex couples' equal protection rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said in its ruling that laws that treat people differently based on sexual orientation are unconstitutional ...

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Two years after overturning Prop 8, gay marriage back before the Ninth Circuit

Monday, September 8, 2014
Marriage equality advocates rally outside the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco, home of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on February 7, 2012, moment before hearing that the court upheld a District Court ruling that Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, was unconstitutional.
SAN FRANCISCO -- For the first time since it declared California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the federal appeals court in San Francisco is readying to hear arguments over same-sex weddings in a political and legal climate that's vastly different than when it overturned Proposition 8 in 2012. State and federal court judges have been striking down bans in more than...

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Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii same-sex marriage cases go before appeals court

Sunday, September 7, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- 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 bans should be struck down in Idaho and Nevada. Hawaii legalized same-sex marriage in December so that appeal may be dismissed. The appeals court...

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Idaho governor wants full appeals court review of same-sex marriage ruling

Monday, June 2, 2014
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has filed a petition with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requesting an "en banc" hearing by an 11-judge panel of the court in an appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Typically, appeals are heard by a three-judge panel selected from the 29 judges that make up the Ninth Circuit.

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Federal appeals courts set schedules in Idaho, Nevada and Texas marriage cases

Monday, June 2, 2014
The John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse, home of the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans.
Two more federal appeals courts are set to consider recent rulings declaring same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Texas as unconstitutional, and an appeal of Nevada's ban, which was upheld in 2012. The cases are De Leon v. Perry in Texas, Latta v. Otter in Idaho, and Sevcik v. Sandoval in Nevada.

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Plaintiffs in Idaho same-sex marriage challenge seek court costs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Idaho gay marriage
BOISE, Idaho -- Four couples who successfully sued Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter over the state's gay marriage ban are now asking to be reimbursed for nearly half a million dollars of attorney fees and other court costs.

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No same-sex marriage in Idaho until appeal decided, says court

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Maria May-Chang, right, wipes away a tear after having a piece of cake with her wife Jody May-Chang, left, and their son Cody at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014.
BOISE, Idaho — No same-sex marriages will be allowed or recognized in Idaho until an appeal is decided, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

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Marriage equality supporters rally in Idaho after appeals court stays ruling

Friday, May 16, 2014
Carmine Caruso holds a rainbow flag during a rally in supports of same sex marriage in front of the Ada County courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday, May 16, 2014. Idaho's gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. On May 15, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers whether a longer stay is needed.
BOISE, Idaho -- 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 over same-sex marriage.

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