Idaho Governor Intends More Arguments in Gay Marriage Fight
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter wants to file additional arguments in his attempt to have a panel review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban.
Otter argued in a motion filed Wednesday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that another reply is needed because a separate federal court has since upheld same-sex marriage bans in other states.
He added that the analysis in that case defending marriage between a man and a woman should also be included because the Idaho plaintiffs, the four lesbian couples who filed the original lawsuit nearly a year ago, claim fears of redefining marriage are unsubstantiated.
Otter has consistently vowed to fight to maintain Idaho's 2006 constitutional amendment banning not only same-sex marriage but also civil unions and domestic partnerships.