Idaho governor says he will not appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho) AP

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s most recent decision to lift the state’s ban on gay marriage starting Wednesday.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho)AP

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R-Idaho)

Otter wrote in a statement released Tuesday that for now, the state has done all it can through the courts to defend traditional marriage in Idaho.

This means same-sex couples may receive marriage licenses in Idaho starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time.

Otter’s announcement comes one day after Idaho attorney general Lawrence Wasden dropped his opposition to the stay. Wasden noted on Monday that his non-opposition doesn’t signify that his office had changed its stance on gay marriage, and said he was still considering other legal options.

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