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Boise Pridefest celebrates amid landmark court ruling

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In May 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Candy Dale ruled Idaho's 2006 voter-enacted same-sex marriage ban violated Idahoans' constitutional rights. That's when the real legal fight began. Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter set aside $1 million to defend the ban, and the question of what trumped what—a voter-enacted ban or the 14th Amendment to the Constitution—went all the way to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Amid all of this was the 25th anniversary of Boise PrideFest, which took place June 17-20 and featured film screenings, a singing competition, a Pride parade and live music in BoDo. Days later in a landmark ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against same-sex marriage bans nationwide, effectively setting the issue.
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