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Gay rights supporters rally to say ‘Love will prevail’ in Idaho

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It has been an emotional tug of war in the state of Idaho this week following a federal judge’s ruling overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but a temporary hold ruling on Thursday quickly set the emotional roller coaster in motion. According to a report by the Associated Press on May 18, nearly 200 gay rights supporters turned up on the steps of a Ada County Courthouse on Friday to celebrate and protest the state’s legal battle over gay marriage.

On Tuesday, same-sex couples in the state of Idaho embraced in victory as U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale struck down Idaho’s ban on gay marriage. As part of the ruling, Dale said couple could marry staring Friday morning. But that high quickly turned into frustration by Thursday when a temporary hold was placed on the ruling by the federal appeals court.

The hold was placed to determine whether Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden should be granted a stay while they appeal the ruling. Dale initially denied a stay on Wednesday. Although disappointed, gay rights supporters showed up at the Ada County Courthouse to celebrate what they see as progress. Waving rainbow flags and holding signs that read “Love will prevail,” supporters who attended the “Party at the Ada County Courthouse for Marriage Equality” sent a message that they will not lose hope.

One Boise resident and attendee of the rally was Selina Heck. Heck and her partner decided to get a marriage license after 19 years as soon as they heard the judge overturned the state ban. She showed up to celebrate what has already been accomplished.

Heck told the AP, “When you walk a mile in our shoes, you get used to setbacks. We were deflated when we heard the stay was granted. But it will get better. We are still hopeful.” Heck stood at the rally with many others in her position. They all carried the same hope that progression will continue.

Currently seventeen states and the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage. That number can quickly expand when appeals courts decisions are handed down in several states where bans on same-sex marriage have been struck down. On Monday, Oregon may soon join those states.