A Symbolic Protest For Marriage Equality as Idaho Gay Couples File For Marriage Licenses

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Esteban Galan shows off his rainbow American flag. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Esteban Galan shows off his rainbow American flag.



Four LGBT couples applied for—but did not receive—marriage licenses at the Ada County Courthouse this morning as part of a protest against Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages.

Joined by a crowd of about 30 LGBT and straight allies, the couples entered the county courthouse knowing their applications for recognized marriage status would be rejected out of hand.

Esteban Galan, who wore a bright red pullover, strikingly blue pants and sported a rainbow American flag, described himself as a straight ally of the four couples protesting marriage inequality on principle.

"Sometimes it's easy to think these things don't affect us," he said.

Kim Hamilton (left) and Crystal Casias (right) applied for a marriage license. They have been together for seven years and have two children together. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Kim Hamilton (left) and Crystal Casias (right) applied for a marriage license. They have been together for seven years and have two children together.



Boise Weekly was able to speak to two of the couples that applied for licenses. Kim Hamilton and her partner, Crystal Casias, have been together for seven years and have two children together. Hamilton said she hopes her failed application will get the attention of the general public and inspire others to take action in favor of making same-sex marriage legal in Idaho.

"I just want to get people motivated," she said.

"It's amazing to me how many people I talk to who don't know I can't get married," said Casias.

Lance Mace (left) and Alex Ramirez (right) already have a marriage license issued in Canada that isn't recognized in the State of Idaho. - HARRISON BERRY
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  • Lance Mace (left) and Alex Ramirez (right) already have a marriage license issued in Canada that isn't recognized in the State of Idaho.

Other applicants included Lance Mace and Alex Ramirez. In 2004 they received a marriage license in Canada, but they said they're disappointed that it isn't recognized in Idaho.

"I don't feel like I should have to move somewhere to have equality," said Mace.

Friday's incident at the Ada County Courthouse followed two separate protests within ten days at the Idaho Statehouse where LGBT advocates took to the Capitol—and faced arrest on Feb. 3rd—in their continued efforts to get the Idaho Legislature to extend protections to the gay community.