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National Coming Out Day in Idaho, as Same-Sex Marriage Debate Continues

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

"I'm working to protect the Idaho constitution and the mandate of Idaho voters who support traditional marriage," says Governor C. L. "Butch" Otter in a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the 9th court of appeals decision to overturn the gay marriage ban, upon the governor's request.

The 9th court of appeals decision came down on Tuesday and the stay was issued on Wednesday. Now it is currently unclear who will hear the governor's appeal or when the appeal will be ready.

These topics were on the minds of many at North Idaho College as "Parents & Families of Lesbians And Gays", a gay rights group, celebrated National Coming Out Day. A day, in which those who identify themselves with the same-sex community encourage each other to be open about their sexual orientation.

Group member Juli Straton says she's confident the courts will stand by their decision, "The Supreme Court is still holding their ground, and I have every bit of confidence that they will uphold the decision of not hearing the case, and marriage equality will be able to move forward in Idaho."

But for Straton, even if same-sex marriage does become legal in the state, she says her fight for equal rights in Idaho isn't over. Currently the Idaho, the Human Rights Act does not include protection for sexual orientation. Nine states in Idaho, Coeur d'Alene being one of them, voted to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas like the workplace. The state, however, doesn't currently offer that protection.

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