Cost to Fight Gay Marriage in Idaho Passes $80,000
BOISE (KTVB) -- Idaho officials have spent more than $80,000 challenging a federal judge's decision overturning the state's ban on gay marriage.
The Spokesman-Review reports that information it obtained through a public records request shows Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter earlier this month agreed to pay a Washington, D.C., attorney $10,000 to file two legal briefs.
That's on top of the $71,000 previously spent to challenge U.S. District Court Judge Candy Dale's decision that Idaho's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.
Last week, Otter filed a petition with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking the 11-judge panel to review Idaho's arguments. Information on the latest costs isn't available.
The court asked the Idaho plaintiffs to file a response.
Gay marriage became legal in Idaho on Oct. 15.