Idaho same-sex marriage lawsuit could have national implications

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A federal court case dealing with same-sex marriage is set to play out in Boise Monday morning. The outcome could have implications for the entire country.

Four couples are suing Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for a couple of reasons. Two of the couples want Idaho to grant them marriage licenses. The other two want the state to recognize their out-of-state marriage licenses.

Former Idaho Attorney General Dave Leroy says the nation will be watching the case closely.

"I'm unaware that this exact issue has been brought in any other federal court by any other state, so in that regard, this is a case that will have national significance, not just Idaho implications," Leroy said.

Lawyers instructed the plaintiffs not to speak with reporters today, but KBOI 2News caught up with one couple last year.

"Traditionally, Idaho and every other state have recognized lawful marriages that are consummated in another state when those marriages come to our state," Leroy said.

Leroy added the case may make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court one day. The judge's ruling could take several weeks after both sides make their case.