Idaho Same-Sex Couples Have Their Day in Court



Four Idaho couples had their day in court Monday as U.S. District Court Judge Candy Dale listened to arguments for and against Idaho's ban of same-sex marriages.

The couples are represented by two Idaho attorneys and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, which has successfully argued against similar anti-gay constitutional amendments in Utah and New Mexico.

Here is more information about the couples in this landmark case:

Sue Latta and Traci Elhers of Boise have been a couple for 10 years. Latta is an adjunct professor at Boise State University and is deeply involved in the Boise arts community. Ehlers is a co-owner of a Boise business. Latta has adult children, who have been co-parented,  and two grandchildren.

Lori and Sharne Watson of Boise have been together for four years. Lori Watsen is a licensed clinical social worker and associate field director for Boise State University's School of Social Work. Sharene is a physician assistant. They are parents of an infant.

Sheila Robertson and Andrea Altmayer of Boise have been together for 16 years. Robertson is a teacher of deaf children and Almayer is a certified massage therapist. They are parents of a 4-year-old son.

Amber Beierle and Rachel Robertson of Boise have been together for three years. Beierle is a manager of a state historic site and Robertson is manages a commercial supply warehouse and a veteran of the Idaho Army National Guard, serving a tour of duty in Iraq.

Judge Dale told attorneys Monday that she hoped to hand down a ruling in the case in the relatively near future, according to the Associated Press.

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