Gay couples could get marriage licenses in Idaho beginning May 16

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Gay couples could begin marrying in Idaho on May 16.

"I do" in Idaho? A federal judge has rejected a request from Idaho's governor to stay a ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage ban. As of this afternoon, it appeared that gay couples could begin receiving marriage licenses in Idaho on May 16.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale rejected the state's request on May 14, finding that an appeal is not likely to succeed. Given that, there seemed no reason to bar same-sex couples from marrying but delaying such marriages could cause couples harm, the judge said.

Dale, in striking down the state ban, said the governor's defense of the barrier to marriage for gays lacked merit.

The state is expected to file an emergency request with a federal appeals court, asking for a stay pending a formal appeal of Dale's ruling.

"This is exciting news," Monica Hopkins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho, told the AP. "The court was right to strike down this discriminatory law. Marriage does provide recognition and peace of mind, not only for the plaintiffs involved in this case, but for all loving and committed couples."