Governor Otter Asks for Review of Gay Marriage Ruling
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for an 11-judge panel to review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban last week.
Otter announced Tuesday in a news release that the federal judges failed to use the correct legal standard to Idaho's Constitutional definition of marriage. Otter argues that already one Idaho business has been harmed by the judges' ruling. Last Friday, northern Idaho city contended its 2013 anti-discrimination ordinance compelled a wedding chapel to conduct same-sex marriages.
A Christian religious rights group has since filed a lawsuit against the city. Otter says he is continuing monitoring same-sex marriage cases in other jurisdictions and the potential for them to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.