Idaho Gay Rights Backers Swap Weddings for Rally
Waving rainbow flags and holding signs that read "Love will prevail," nearly 200 gay rights supporters flocked to the steps of a county courthouse Friday to celebrate and protest the latest development in Idaho’s legal battle over same-sex marriage.
The rally originally was planned as a party after a federal judge ruled earlier this week that the state’s gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. The judge said couples could marry starting Friday morning.
By Thursday, however, the ruling was temporarily put on hold by a federal appeals court deciding whether Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden should be granted a stay while they appeal.
Not to be deterred, gay and lesbian supporters showed up at the Ada County Courthouse anyway to celebrate what they see as progress for the cause.
Many arrived wearing rainbow-colored shirts and dresses. Some stood near the road holding pro-gay marriage signs and waved them at cars that honked back in support.
Local businesses donated coffee, cake and flowers that were passed around as dance music played in the background. Also in attendance were Boise City Council members, lawmakers and political candidates who attended to show their support.
"When you walk a mile in our shoes, you get used to setbacks," said Boise resident Selina Heck, who went to the rally with her partner, Holly Gilchrist. After being together for 19 years, the couple said they decided to get a marriage license once they saw U.S. District Judge Candy Dale had overturned the state ban.