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READ IT HERE: Idaho Gov. Otter’s response to state’s Supreme Court petition in challenge to same-sex marriage ban

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In the Idaho marriage case, Latta v. Otter, the state and the governor filed separate petitions for review in the Supreme Court. Governor Otter has now filed his response to the state’s petition. The response urges the Court to grant review.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in four marriage cases, likely in late April.

You can read the filing here:

14-788 – Governor's Response in support of cert petition by Equality Case Files

Thanks to Equality Case Files for these filings


  • 1. RnL2008  |  January 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    SCOTUS has NOT granted cert to the Governor's request and I seriously doubt they will at this point.

    In my opinion the Governor will just have to wait for the ruling from SCOTUS in June……and should be thankful that his state DOESN'T have to waste any more money fighting a losing cause!!!

  • 2. Raga  |  January 29, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    It'll be interesting to see what SCOTUS does with the two Idaho cert petitions once they are fully briefed. If they outright deny it, that'll be more evidence in our favor.

  • 3. VIRick  |  January 29, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    "If they outright deny it, that'll be more evidence in our favor."

    Scotus will deny certiorari to Idaho's appeal, as marriage equality is already a settled matter in the 9th Circuit.

  • 4. Raga  |  January 29, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Not necessarily, Rick. There was no circuit split when they denied the cert petitions in October. Now there is, and they've agreed to resolve it. So they could simply hold on to the Idaho petition until they decide the Sixth Circuit cases, so that if they do decide in favor of the state bans, they could summarily reverse the Ninth Circuit. If, instead, they deny Idaho's petitions right away, that is even more telling that we're headed towards a favorable ruling in a few months.

  • 5. VIRick  |  January 29, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Raga, you're correct. I was being both positive and assertive. You will find I tend to take that view, so it's best you keep me on a short leash, for otherwise, I may well become way too positive and way too assertive.

    Still, I'm positive SCOTUS will strike down the bans from the 6th Circuit, and thus, quite assertive in pushing the point that marriage equality is already a settled matter in the 9th Circuit. All the other states in the 9th Circuit (except for Idaho) agree that it's a settled matter. Even Alaska, under a new administration, has reconsidered its chasing of rainbows.

  • 6. DrBriCA  |  January 29, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Is Arizona still appealing their court fees?

  • 7. VIRick  |  January 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    DrBri, since we haven't heard otherwise, I suspect that the short answer is, "Yes." But that's all they're appealing. They're not appealing the court decisions themselves.

  • 8. hopalongcassidy  |  January 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Just remember an otter is nothing but a weasel that swims really well.

  • 9. RnL2008  |  January 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    That's funny………:-)

  • 10. flyerguy77  |  January 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm


  • 11. flyerguy77  |  January 29, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I'm still not seeing SCOTUS upholding 6th Decision.. I would if they would have kept all of the cases from 4th, 7th, and 10th and GRANTED STAYS since

  • 12. Sagesse  |  January 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

    NOM To Ask Presidential Candidates To Pledge Opposition To Gay Marriage [On Top Magazine]

  • 13. bayareajohn  |  January 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    This is wonderful. It assures more fragmentation in the GOP base. Anyone with actual hope of being electable will find a way to avoid signing… and that avoidance will separate them from a measurable number of core GOP/FOX voters. I love this part of the Madness of the Right. They foul their own nest and shoot at each other.

  • 14. flyerguy77  |  January 29, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    As now, I'm sensing most of Republicans "moderate" not ultra conservatives/ tea party are not saying that much regarding upcoming SCOTUS over ME. I'm calling it "right to marriage" not gay marriage, ME.. Maybe it will change when SCOTUS hears the oral arguments. Besides Ted Cruz– wants a constitutional amendment, i know some Senators want to pass it. I'm seeing it won't pass in Senate nor Congress.. I know some will BE SCREAMING at the end of June–

  • 15. Wolf of Raging Fires  |  January 29, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I'm looking forward to the exploding heads myself 🙂

  • 16. ReadLearn  |  January 29, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    When will the Supreme Court respond to Idaho? Soon or will it just table it until after the July ruling?

  • 17. DrBriCA  |  January 29, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I don't believe the pro-ME side has responded to either Idaho petition yet, so they're still weeks away from being ready for a conference. SCOTUS could respond to Idaho in a month or so after the conference of their choice if they want to be bold and deny cert right away, or they could take the easy road and table until the summer and dispense with it for good after the big ruling.

  • 18. VIRick  |  January 29, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    "SCOTUS could respond to Idaho in a month or so after the conference of their choice …."

    Indeed, SCOTUS is in no hurry to bother with Idaho. Idaho should have gotten the message back when SCOTUS denied them their stay request, thus first allowing marriages between same-sex couples to commence in that state. So far, Idaho has "only" been told "No" about four times, but apparently, they can't get enough ot it, and want to hear it again.

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