"This case asks a basic and enduring question about the essence of American government: Whether the will of the majority, based as it often is on sincere beliefs and democratic consensus, may trump the rights of a minority," the judge wrote in her 57-page decision.
Idaho’s laws wrongly stigmatize gay and lesbian couples and relegate their families to second-class status without sufficient reason, Dale said.
"… Idaho’s Marriage Laws withhold from them a profound and personal choice, one that most can take for granted. By doing so, Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love," Dale wrote.
I don’t tend to make posts like this often—my writing tends to be more deliberate and be less of the off-the-cuff variety. But I am making an exception due to utter astonishment, pleasure, and awe at what is going on right now. As the linked article details, a Federal Judge ruled against the continued, politically endorsed reduction of Idaho residents to second class citizens based on sexual orientation.
There are a lot of battles still to be fought, and the political environment for these types of issues in this state is still quite hostile. I think that it would be naive and a little foolish to think that this victory ends the war. It is such an important battle, and I think everyone that has this issue near to heart knows that there are many more battles to come.
This post is so that I can lend my voice to the shouts of joy and love that are emanating from so many wonderful people. Change is possible! We love Idaho!
A good thing happened today in my State. <3