same-sex marriage

Gay Rights
5:07 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arlene's Flowers Fined $1,000 For Discrimination

The state of Washington sued Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman for declining service to a gay couple.
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Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:49 pm

A Richland, Washington, florist will pay $1,000 in fines to the state. The flower shop had discriminated against a same-sex couple that wanted flowers for their wedding in 2013.

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Gay Rights
6:13 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Tribe OKs Same-Sex Marriages

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is now among the list of Native governments recognizing gay marriage.
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The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s new policy defined marriage in its tribal courts as between two people, regardless of gender.

About a quarter of its nearly 30,000 members live in the Pacific Northwest.

President Richard Peterson said the council is exercising its governing authority to include more tribal members.

"It’s not just about the same-sex marriage and helping just one segment of our tribal citizens, but all of our tribal citizens," Peterson said.

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Gay Rights
6:30 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Judge Rules Richland Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding Broke Law

A county judge has ruled that a flower shop in the Tri-Cities broke the law when it refused to serve a gay couple planning a wedding two years ago. Washington's attorney general joined the couple in suing the florist for violating state anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws.

Democratic attorney general Bob Ferguson says the florist's religious beliefs cannot be used to justify treating certain customers differently.

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Gay Marriage
8:22 am
Fri October 24, 2014

City Says Hitching Post Is Exempt From Gay Rights Law

The Hitching Post Chapel is located across the street from the court house.
Credit The Hitching Post Chapel

The city of Coeur d'Alene  says a for-profit wedding chapel owned by two ministers doesn't have to perform same-sex marriages. The city has been embroiled in controversy ever since the owners of the Hitching Post sued the city. They say a city anti-discrimination law threatened to force them to marry same-sex couples now that gay marriage is legal in Idaho.

The story lit up conservative and gay rights blogs. Wedding chapel owners Donald and Evelyn Knapp said they feared jail time or fines if they declined marriage services to a same-sex couple.

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Same-Sex Weddings
6:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Idaho Wedding Chapel That Refuses To Marry Same-Sex Couples Sets Off Conservative Alarm Bells

The Hitching Post in Coeur d’Alene is refusing to perform same-sex marriages.
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Religious conservatives around the country are rallying to the defense of a wedding chapel in north Idaho whose owners don’t want to perform gay marriages. The mayor of Coeur d’Alene and governor of Idaho are being inundated by hundreds of calls and thousands of emails even though neither has taken any action against the wedding chapel.

The quaint Old West style wedding chapel called the Hitching Post is just across the street from the county courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:37 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Idaho Gay Rights Supporters Hope Gay Marriage Marks New Direction

Gay rights supporter Janet Zaborski marked Idaho's first official day of legal gay marriage at the county recorder's office in Coeur d'Alene.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Same-sex couples across Idaho headed to county courthouses Wednesday. It was the first official day of legal gay marriage in the state since a court overturned Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage. Gay rights supporters hope the day marks a new direction for Idaho.

In Boise, there was a long line of couples at the Ada County courthouse among them, some of the plaintiffs who took the state to court for refusing to marry them.

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Idaho Same-Sex Marriage
5:12 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Three Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

Same-sex marriage is set to start Wednesday morning in Idaho.
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The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state. Same-sex marriage is set to start Wednesday morning in Idaho under an order from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The county clerk’s office isn’t the only place where the ruling is expected to take effect.  

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Idaho Gay Marriage
5:23 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Gay Marriage In Idaho Cleared To Start Wednesday Morning

Tabitha Simmons (left) and Katherine Sprague received a marriage license in Latah County, Idaho, on Friday
Credit Laura Flowers

Same-sex couples in Idaho can start getting married and have those marriages legally recognized by the state starting Wednesday morning, according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Idaho’s attorney general decided not to pursue further delay.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:27 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Last Minute Supreme Court Move Stops Idaho Gay Couples From Getting Married

Supreme Court Decision Stops Idaho Gay Couples From Getting Married
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Couples gathered at courthouses around the state early Wednesday. They were acting on a decision from the San Francisco-based appeals court the night before that essentially green-lighted the issuance of marriage licenses to gay couples.

In Boise, the Ada County courthouse opened at 8 o’clock. Enthusiastic couples streamed inside. But by the time they’d reached the Clerk of Court’s office, things had changed. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy stepped in and issued a stay on the circuit court’s ruling. Gay couples were turned away.

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Idaho Gay Marriage
4:40 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

The Supreme Court Didn't Take On Same-Sex Marriage. What Does That Mean For Idaho?

Shaakirra Sanders is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Idaho who spoke about rulings affecting gay marriage in Idaho.
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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a surprise decision Monday not to take up several cases on same sex marriage. That effectively makes gay marriage legal in 11 more states for a total of 30. That doesn’t count Idaho. In Idaho earlier this year a district judge ruled the state’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional.

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