Marriage Equality USA

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Current Status

  • Civil marriage equality in effect at the state level since October 2014. (Same-sex couples may legally marry.)
  • 29 January 2015, lawmakers voted to kill HB 2 2015, the "add the words" bill, in committee. Members of the House State Affairs committee voted 13-4 to block the bill from reaching a full vote on the House floor. So sad...
  • 31 October 2014, Idaho Governor Vows To Keep Fighting Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage - By Jennifer Bendery with HUFFPOST Politics
  • 24 October 2014, this article outlines Idaho’s legal bill for challenging a federal judge’s decision overturning the state’s ban on marriage equality. All at the taxpayer's expense, of course. See the Latta case below under LAWSUITS-PENDING.


  • After the Hawai'i Supreme Court seemed poised to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.S. in Baehr v. Miike (1993), the Idaho Legislature amended its marriage laws in 1995 to specify that a marriage was to be between a man and a woman. The changes took effect 1 January 1996.
  • In 1996, fearing it would have to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in Hawai'i, Idaho further amended its marriage laws to prohibit recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages. Governor Phil Batt signed the legislation, which took immediate effect on 18 March 1996.
  • In 2004, the ID House of Representatives approved of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and its "legal equivalent" in the state, but the Senate failed to vote on the amendment.
  • In 2005, the ID State Senate, failed to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and any "legal status similar to that of marriage."
  • On 6 February 2006, the ID House of Representatives approved Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and any "domestic legal union" in the state. On February 15th, the Senate also approved the amendment. On 7 November 2006, voters approved the constitutional amendment.
  • Constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions from 2006-2014, per Idaho Amendment 2.
  • On 13 May 2014 U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled that Idaho's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional. 

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