Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesIdaho

Status: Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

In Latta v. Otter, four same-sex couples, represented by private counsel, are challenging Idaho’s marriage ban in federal court. The plaintiffs argue that denying them access to marriage violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.

On May 13, 2014, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale struck down Idaho’s ban on marriage equality, saying that “Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry.” Marriages are on hold as state officials appeal the decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.