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Judge strikes down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban
Court » The state must start issuing licenses on Friday.

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"I think we’re going to go celebrate," Ehlers said.

Beierle and Rachael Robertson of Boise said they would be back at the courthouse Friday morning to get a marriage license.

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"The first person I called when I got the news was my mom, and she said, ‘I’m so proud of you Amby,’" Beierle said, holding back tears. "I don’t think people understand what that means to native Idahoans who love this state and want to stay in this state but who want to be heard. It feels amazing."

Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson, said the ruling recognized that the families are part of Idaho’s community and that they deserved the same protections and respect as other families.

"The court’s ruling is a victory not only for the courageous couples who brought this case, but for everyone who cares about freedom and fairness," Ferguson said in a statement.

Restore Our Humanity, the group backing the legal fight against Utah’s ban, applauded Dale’s decision.

"These marriage equality bans are falling left, right and center," said group spokesman Matthew Spencer. "We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Idaho, and we’re proud to see them pressing forward."

A ruling on Utah’s appeal is expected any day. Since Shelby’s ruling in December, federal courts have overturned same-sex marriage bans in 10 other states. Other states’ bans have been overturned by state judges.

"Last summer, the [U.S.] Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act because it humiliates tens of thousands of children of same-sex couples, and you don’t need to be a lawyer to understand what that means," said Cliff Rosky, University of Utah law professor and chairman of the board for Equality Utah. "The thing that gets lost in all this talk of states’ rights ... is that the children neither know nor care whether their parents are being harmed by the federal government or the state government. They just know that their parents are being harmed and that they’re being harmed."

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