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The fate of Idaho's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is in the hands of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. However, lawyers on both sides predict the case will end up at the U.S. Supreme Court. The opposing attorneys argued elements of the case at a discussion Wednesday organized by the University of Idaho law school.

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Idaho Gay Marriage Case Heard in Appeals Court

Sep 9, 2014
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday in California on Idaho’s gay marriage lawsuit. A lower federal court has already ruled that Idaho’s ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional. 

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Same-sex couples are getting married in Oregon now that a federal judge has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled the law violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians. Correspondent Chris Lehman has this round-up of the day's events.

Idaho’s first same sex marriages could take place this week. Tuesday a federal judge in Boise ruled that Idaho’s 2006 gay marriage ban is unconstitutional and scheduled the ruling to go into effect Friday. Wednesday the same judge denied a request from Governor Butch Otter’s lawyers to stay the order. They are now asking the 9th Circuit Court to issue a stay while appeals are made. University of Idaho law professor Shaakirrah Sanders says it’s unclear if that will happen. She says when Utah was in this same situation a few months ago the appeals court denied a stay but the Supreme Court granted it. Sanders says that Supreme Court decision could be very persuasive to the 9th circuit judges.

A federal judge in Boise has ruled Idaho's law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ruling Tuesday by Judge Candy Dale is set to take effect at 9 a.m. on Friday. But, as Jessica Robinson reports, shortly after the ruling the governor vowed to appeal.

When the 2006 secretive military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay began, only one courtroom sketch artist was allowed in. Her name is Janet Hamlin.

The Associated Press sent her there. Since then, Hamlin has created a rare visual record of the human drama unfolding in Guantanamo's courtrooms. Those images are now collected in a book, Sketching Guantanamo.

A federal judge has declared Idaho’s so-called “Fetal Pain Law” unconstitutional. Idaho is one of eight states with a law banning abortions after 20 weeks. As Jessica Robinson reports, the case stems from a woman’s arrest under a separate statute for having an abortion.  

Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the 20-week limit on abortions is unconstitutional because it doesn’t seek to inform the pregnant woman, nor improve her health, as the Supreme Court has allowed. Rather, he writes, it’s solely intended to put an insurmountable obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions. 

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The question of how free speech applies to the side of buses is before a panel of federal judges. Members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday in a special meeting in Spokane. The case stems from a controversial ad on Seattle buses but has implications for transit systems around the Northwest. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports.

Shocking cases of inadequate public defense in Washington have led the state Supreme Court to take an unusual step. The high court has imposed a mandatory cap on the number of cases lawyers for the poor can take. You might assume public defenders would be cheering – finally they’re going to get relief. But in fact some lawyers are downright offended and angry. Correspondent Austin Jenkins profiles one.

It’s a Wednesday afternoon at Lewis County District Court. Out in the hallway, attorney Joseph P. Enbody is meeting with clients.

Enbody: “Are you Ms. Tran?”

TACOMA, Wash. -- A federal judge in Tacoma has ruled that Washington‘s pharmacy regulations are unconstitutional.

The regulations require pharmacies and pharmacists to fill prescriptions and to do them in a timely manner. The judge found the state’s rules infringe on pharmacists’ right to religious freedom by requiring them to dispense emergency contraception also known as Plan B.