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Courts lift stay on same-sex marriage in Idaho

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-13 18:19:29-04

BOISE, Idaho — The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho’s stay banning same-sex marriage will dissolve Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The Idaho State Journal reports the court’s decision comes after Idaho’s attorney general dropped its opposition to the stay, according to court documents filed Monday.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter maintained his resistance in a separate court filing. The newspaper reported the governor reiterated his prior arguments in Monday’s filing, implying he will continue fighting against same-sex marriage in the state.

Otter added that approving gay marriage would dissuade Idaho voters from participating in elections because it would allow the federal government to overturn state laws.

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said his office along with Ada County Clerk Christopher Rich and the state of Idaho do not oppose lifting the stay, the Idaho newspaper reports.