After months of on-again, off-again court rulings, same-sex couples across Idaho were issued marriage licenses Wednesday morning. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said that the state had done all it could for now to prevent gay marriages from being legally recognized. The state Attorney General also dropped his legal opposition to gay marriages. In the past week, many same-sex couples have tried to get marriage licenses only to find last-minute court decisions prevented it from happening.
On Wednesday, KHQ spoke with the first couple to receive a marriage license in Kootenai County, Kim Malar and Jennifer Currie.
"It's not a statement, it's just our life and we want to spend it together," Currie said.
Currie and Malar, partners of twelve years, have been watching the battle for marriage in Idaho closely. Malar said it's been a roller coaster of emotions as they've gotten their hopes up in the past, but now that their opportunity to marry is finally hear, the feeling is "surreal".
"It was pretty emotional for us, because we've wanted this for a long time," Currie said.
The two took their lunch break to go to the Kootenai County Recorder's Office and pick up their marriage license. They were both shocked and humbled to find they were the first couple in Kootenai County to get their license.
The couple had been waiting ever since the ban was lifted by the U.S. Supreme Court last week, even saying they'd come in over the weekend, but the office was still waiting on approval from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
For Currie and Malar the fight is over and their eyes are looking toward a wedding. They say that's something they've been waiting for, and something they almost moved for.
"We discussed moving, possibly across state lines so we could get married, but when it came down to it, this is our home. We were both born and raised in Coeur d'Alene, we have a home here, we built a life here, this is home," said Currie.