Sound Off for October 9th: Will Idaho’s gay marriage controversy carry over to the campaign trail?
BOISE, Idaho — — Several same-sex couples, their families and friends gathered at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise on Wednesday morning, eager to be first in line for marriage licenses after a federal appellate court rejected Idaho’s ban on gay marriages.
But their mood turned from joyous to heartbroken as the county clerk, Chris Rich, handed a slip of paper from the U.S. Supreme Court to attorney Deborah Ferguson.
It was an emergency stay putting any same-sex weddings on hold. It was issued by Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Governor Butch Otter argued that same sex marriage is against the Idaho state constitution, prompting the stay.
That decision comes down less than a month before the November election and while voters won’t be making any decisions on gay marriage, some say it could sway voters at the polls in other races.
Namely, the race for governor. Incumbent Governor Butch Otter is going up against Democrat A.J. Balukoff.
Do you feel the Supreme Court’s hold on gay marriage could sway Idaho voters who are on the fence this November?
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