Idaho judge refuses to stay marriage equality ruling

Saying an appeal by the state is unlikely to succeed, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale today refused to stay her decision and put marriages on hold in the state.

Unless a higher court steps in, same-sex marriages will begin on Friday, May 16.

Dale said in her decision that she had found the state’s arguments lacked merit and that continued enforcement of laws banning same-sex marriage irreparably harm the four couples who sued the state.

“Nor does the public interest favor preserving a status quo that deprives individuals of their constitutional rights,” Dale wrote. “The court finds a stay pending appeal is not warranted.”

Idaho Attorney General spokesperson Todd Dvorak said that Lawrence Wasden is working on the state’s appeal to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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