Governor on Same-Sex Marriage: "Federal Courts Are Mistaken"

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In a statement released to the press Tuesday, Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said that while he and the other plaintiffs made every effort to defend Idaho's same-sex marriage ban, they have exhausted every legal avenue to do so through state and federal courts.

"We have done all we can through the courts for now to defend traditional marriage in Idaho," the statement read.

That doesn't mean Otter and the other plaintiffs agree with U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale's decision, handed down in May, which was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Oct. 7. 

"I continue to believe that the federal courts are mistaken in abandoning the sanctity of traditional marriage and in undermining the will of Idaho voters and each state's right to define marriage," Otter wrote.

Same-sex couples will be able to receive marriage licenses through their county clerks beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15.