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Butch Otter, the third-term Governor of Idaho, has been thwarted in his attempt to stop same-sex marriages in Idaho. A request for a review of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to strike down the state’s same-sex marriage ban was rejected by a three-member panel of the court.
The court stated in their decision, ‘The matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the non-recused active judges in favour of rehearing the case.’
Idaho had previously amended its marriage laws to specify marriage as being ‘between a man and a woman’ in 1995. The Idaho House of Representatives approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004. Following a federal district court ruling in May 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared the ban unconstitutional.
Governor Otter also filed another suit last week, this time with the Supreme Court of the United States. He has previously stated that he believes Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as they please.