BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings will have no effect on Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. However, local supporters are optimistic after hearing the court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.
"It's a step toward national realization, and same-sex couples deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples," Boise Pride spokeswoman Minerva Jayne said. "That's really the goal of our whole movement, to gain equality all the way across."
"The striking down of DOMA now makes it possible that if the state you live in decides you can love who you want to, the federal government will recognize that too," supporter and local comedian Mikey Pullman said. "That is a victory on almost any scale."
Advocates say they hope these rulings will help bring a sense of legitimacy to non-traditional families and relationships in the Treasure Valley.
"This is really just leading to a better life for families, for children and for people who want to pursue a life together," Jayne said.
While the state does not recognize gay marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships in Idaho, supporters say this national recognition gives them hope that they will eventually be recognized as equals in the Gem state.
"It re-invigorates the movement," Pullman said. "It gives us more hope that, where people used to believe they wouldn't see gay marriage legalized in their lifetime, now we know that it will happen and that it's only a matter of time."