Idaho federal judge Candy Dale has refused the request of Governor Butch Otter to stay her marriage equality ruling. According to Dale, the appeal isn’t likely to succeed, therefore she will not be wasting time delaying equality for Idaho gays and lesbians:
A federal magistrate judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state’s governor.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s appeal isn’t likely to succeed, and so there’s no reason to keep same-sex couples from seeking marriage licenses or marrying on Friday.
On Tuesday, Dale struck down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban in response to a lawsuit from four Idaho couples.
Dale said Idaho’s law unconstitutionally denies gay and lesbian couples their fundamental right to marry and wrongly stigmatizes their families. She said the state must start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday morning.
Sorry, “Butch Otter,” but Justice Dale says you are going to lose. We’d suggest that you get back to the business of, I don’t know, running Idaho or something.