Gay Marriage Legal in Idaho

Wyatt Weller, Staff Writer

How do you feel about same-sex marriage becoming legal in Idaho? It was a controversial topic that ended up being taken up all the way up to the Supreme Court. On October 15, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho in the case of Latta vs. Otter found Idaho’s state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. It was later appealed and brought to the Ninth Circuit Courts of Idaho and a stay, or hold, was put on the finding on October 7th, 2014, making same-sex marriage illegal once again. The Supreme Court chose not to hear the case, but lifted the stay on the appeal on the 15th of this month. The hard work and support of our great Governor Butch Otter, has really helped the  gay community in Idaho. Gay couples can now get married. I witnessed this firsthand as I went to pay a speeding ticket at the courthouse. There was a line about a mile long for same-sex couples to get their marriage licenses. It was a revolutionary day for Idaho and the United States, as we are one step closer to truly living up to our nation’s motto: “Land of the free, Home of the brave.”