Same-Sex Couples Voice Disappointment at Ada County Courthouse

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"Someone said the cake tasted like baby tears,"  said Evangeline Beecher. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • "Someone said the cake tasted like baby tears," said Evangeline Beecher.

Evangeline Beechler of LGBTA Democratic Caucus of Idaho woke up early to buy Costco cakes and return in time for the first batch of same-sex couples bearing marriage licenses to walk out the front door of the Ada County Courthouse. The cakes cost $120.

But when same-sex couples walked out the door without licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay, the crowd that had gathered to celebrate marriage equality in Idaho, seemingly secured the afternoon before in a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court, was crestfallen.

"Have you ever had all your hopes and dreams shot down at once? It felt like Christmas last night," Beechler said. 

Flying M brought coffee and Guru Donuts also brought along morning foodstuffs, and the spread came to symbolize the wave of disappointment that washed over the approximately 200 people who had gathered to see the state recognize couples' right to marry regardless of sexual orientation.

"Someone said the cake tasted like baby tears," Beechler said.

"Butch Otter should foot the bill for the cake," said event organizer Emily Walton.

One couple, Rachel and Amber Beierle, were involved in the lawsuit against the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and they had planned to marry in front of Boise City Hall after receiving their license. When that didn't happen, they nixed the wedding and mingled with friends.

"Yeah that's our wedding. It's not going to happen," Amber Beierle, who went on to say that she hopes the stay will be lifted.

The crowd in front of the Ada County Courthouse. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • The crowd in front of the Ada County Courthouse.

This wasn't the first time that the right to marry had been granted to same-sex couples, only to be revoked at the last minute. This summer, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled that the state's ban was unconstitutional. Before licenses could be issued, the state appealed to the 9th Circuit Appeals Court, which granted a stay that was in place until Tuesday. Some people in the crowd reacted with frustration.

"Please stop wasting money on denying people marriage equality," said Cindy Gross into a microphone. 

Noting Idaho's ranking in per capita student spending, minimum wage and other metrics that reflect unfavorably on the Gem State, Chelsea Gaona-Lincoln told Boise Weekly, "We'd like to not come in last on something."