Historic, emotional day for Idaho's same sex couples

BOISE -- It was an emotional day for same sex couples across the state as marriage licenses were issued for the first time in Idaho.

Wednesday morning, dozens of people crowded into the Ada County Courthouse. Ty Carson even camped out overnight to make sure she was first in line, after the plaintiffs.

"This is, just it feels like an incredible moment for the state, and just for all my friends who have supported me and love me. A lot of them are here, and I just wanted to be here," said Carson.

Amber and Rachael Beierle along with Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, were four of the eight plaintiffs involved in the original lawsuit, Latta versus Otter.

"I expected when we walked in that the clerk would hand us a paper again and they didn't. We walked in and they greeted us, and we walked into a line... It's exciting. I can't believe it's here, I can't believe it," said Robertson.

The crowd counted down the seconds before 10 a.m. when the licenses were issued. The plaintiffs were first, clearly emotional about the moment they worked so hard for.

"Relief and ecstatic... what do you call something that comes to an end, and it's a beautiful thing? Closure," said Robertson. "We would do it again in a heartbeat, absolutely, all of us."

More than 45 couples received licenses in Ada County alone on Wednesday.

Carmine Caruso and Doug Flanders have been together ten years and said it was a historic day for everyone.

"I think it's a great day to be in Idaho and we're very excited to be able to share this with our friends and the people who have worked so hard to bring us to where we are today," said Caruso.

Flanders added that it's a big moment for all those involved, whether they are actually getting married right away or not.

"Happy, excited, vindicated, it's a great day. Just be joyous. That's what were all about today," said Flanders.

Many couples, like Courtney and Melanie Yamato-Anderson immediately went outside the courthouse where they got married.

"I can't really even put it into words, We've been waiting for this for a long time, and here it is. It's super exciting for everyone involved," said Yamato-Anderson.

Plaintiff Sue Latta said after the legal battles, she's just glad this day finally came. "I was pretty worried after the roller coaster that it would be anticlimactic. It was not that at all. It was like this is what all the work has been for, we win. It was an amazing moment."


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