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Governor of Idaho suffers setback in his effort to stop gay marriages in his state

Governor of Idaho suffers setback in his effort to stop gay marriages in his state

Idaho Governor Butch Otter lost a legal round on Friday (9 January) when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied his request for a review of its decision to struck down his state’s ban on gay marriage.

The ruling was made by a three judge panel of the court in October. Otter wanted the case to be reheard by the full 30-member court.

The court stated: ‘The matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the non-recused active judges in favor’ of rehearing the case.

Just three judges voted for a rehearing before the full court.

Same-sex couples began marrying in Idaho on 15 October 15 but Otter has not stopped fighting to have the marriages halted. He argues that Idaho residents have the right to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

Last week, Otter also filed an appeal with the US Supreme Court making good on his promise to take the fight against gay marriage to the highest court. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has also filed a separate petition to the US Supreme Court.

That is still pending.