Same-sex marriage landscape changing in Idaho, nation

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- As of last week, there were 72 lawsuits pending in the state and federal courts of 32 states and territories challenging state laws banning same-sex marriage.

And just this week, federal judges overturned state bans on gay marriage in Idaho and Arkansas.

It seems that all of a sudden, the landscape regarding same sex marriage is changing.

Across the nation, challenges to gay marriage bans are winning as state constitutional amendments defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman are struck down in federal court.

"What we're seeing is that fundamental rights, civil rights and civil liberties, trump anything that a voting public would do that would abrogate those rights," said Boise State political professor John Freemuth.

But 33 states now ban same-sex marriage and 29 of those do so with prohibitions in their state constitutions such as Idaho's.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.

The whole thing seems destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.