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.
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.
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.