BOISE -- U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale has denied Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's request for a stay on her decision to lift the ban on gay marriage in Idaho.
Dale ruled the ban unconstitutional Tuesday. Her denial of Otter's stay request means the ban will be lifted and gays and lesbians in Idaho will be free to marry starting at 9 a.m. Friday.
Following the decision, Otter issued this statement:
"Judge Dale's denial of the State's request for a stay of her decision on same-sex marriage is regrettable in light of the Supreme Court's decision to stay a similar case, but not surprising. We will appeal to the 9th Circuit Court."
Otter's press secretary says Otter will file for an emergency hearing with the 9th Circuit Court for a stay on this case.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden will also file a stay with the same court. If that court denies their motions, the last step is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Both Wasden and Otter plan to fight Judge Dale's ruling to the highest court if necessary.
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