Courthouse preps to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Idaho courthouses are gearing up for a busy day Friday. Same-sex couples will be able to get marriage licenses starting at 9:00 that morning.

The Ada County Clerk's Office is planning for a large crowd Friday since it's already getting a lot of phone calls and visits from same-sex couples asking about the process.

While a KBOI crew was at the Ada County Courthouse on Wednesday, Ty Carson came in to ask what he needed to get his license on Friday.

"I have never in my lifetime had the opportunity to get married, so I don't even know what that looks like," Carson said.

But after talking with the Clerk's Office about the process, Carson says he's ecstatic.

"At 9:00 a.m. I plan on being right here in this building," Carson told KBOI.

Carson and his partner have been together for 15 years. They have raised three kids.

Carson says his commitment to his partner doesn't need to be validated on Friday. For him, legally being married is about providing for his family.

"It's affected our family," Carson said. "Having the right to take care of each other's children, to cover each other on our insurance, the right to know that if one of us dies, the other one will have rights to our children, those are all just simple, basic rights that we don't have. It's very exciting, the idea of having the same rights that all heterosexual couples have."