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Idaho same-sex marriage ban formally dissolved Wednesday; Gov. Otter says he won't fight it

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BOISE, Idaho - Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal's most recent decision to lift the state's ban on gay marriage starting Wednesday.
    
Otter wrote in a statement released Tuesday that for now, the state has done all it can through the courts to defend traditional marriage in Idaho.
    
This means same-sex couples may receive marriage licenses in Idaho starting at 9 a.m. Pacific time.
    
Otter's announcement comes one day after Idaho attorney general Lawrence Wasden dropped his opposition to the stay. Wasden noted on Monday that his non-opposition doesn't signify that his office had changed its stance on gay marriage, and said he was still considering other legal options.

We spoke with one woman, who is in favor of same-sex marriage, but says there's another fight looming. Juli Stratton says now that the ban on same-sex marriage has ended, the next battle will be adding gender equality and sexual orientation to the human rights act. "Until we get that protection," Stratton says, "it's great that we can get married, but we can be discriminated against just for being married. Because if someone identifies as gay, bi or trans, they can still be legally fired, or denied housing, or denied accommodations because of that. That really is our biggest fight. "


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