- Shaakirrah Sanders, professor of law at the University of Idaho College of Law in Boise
But what's still unclear after Friday’s ruling is the scope in which individuals will be able to use religious grounds to deny civil services to others. One particular northern Idaho business, The Hitching Post, says it continues to deny marriage services to same-sex couples based on what business owners insist is their faith-driven beliefs.
Sanders told BW that she believes Friday’s ruling “adds another layer to academic discourse,” in Idaho schools, particularly the U of I's law school. As a professor teaching on issues of constitutional law and freedom of speech and press, Sanders said she expects the case will pave the way for further LGBT-rights legislation.
“I think we will see a lot fewer laws that seek to burden individuals based on sexual orientation,” says Sanders.
Meanwhile over at the Boise office of the ACLU of Idaho, acting executive director, Leo Morales, said Friday was “a joyous day to be living in America.”
“Today our highest court affirmed what we already knew to be true: that love, commitment and responsibility in marriage between two people is universal and no state law should abridge this fundamental right of two people to marry,” said Morales. “Marriage is a life-long commitment to take care of each other in good times and bad, for better or worse.”