A federal judge in Montana has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Wednesday that Montana's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to between a man and a woman violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that Idaho and Nevada's bans are unconstitutional. Montana is part of the 9th Circuit, and Morris cited the Circuit Court's opinion in his ruling.
An Idaho work group has tweaked its recommendations on expanding Medicaid eligibility in a last-minute effort to make their plan more politically palatable to lawmakers.
Work group facilitator Corey Surber says the 15-member group approved a hybrid model Friday. The group had finalized a proposal to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter back in August. However, lawmakers warned the proposal's blanketed support of Medicaid expansion would fail to even be considered when the Republican-controlled Legislature convenes in January.
Shannon Guevara of Nampa is a recovering meth addict who is trying to repair family relationships and kick her addiction for good. Guevara is in a psychiatric treatment program recommended by mental health court.
It’s a sunny September afternoon, and the room is packed. It’s like a movie theater before the lights go down — the buzz of nervous energy, nattering about plans for the weekend, someone lingering in the aisle until the very last minute.
But this isn’t the movies. It’s a courtroom — one where the stakes aren’t just “jail” or “no jail” but are, for many of the people in the room, much deeper.
Idaho has 10 special mental-health courts, where adult felons diagnosed with one of four mental illnesses show up each week to talk to a judge.
Shawna Ervin cuddles up with cats Matthew and Ashley and dog Max. Ervin said the family "fur babies" help her unwind at her Nampa home and offer companionship during the day while her children are away at school. Ervin has battled feelings of isolation as an Idahoan with a mental illness. But in the past few months, she started socializing with neighbors and making new friends, as well as venturing out into the job market.
Philip Mazeikas has schizophrenia and was aided two years ago by a Mobile Crisis Unit. His parents had called police, seriously concerned about their son. The crisis unit's visit was the first step in getting Mazeikas the help and medication he needed.
Two years ago, Philip Mazeikas answered the front door of his family home. The course of his life changed when he opened it.
At 24-years-old, Mazeikas found himself in the middle of his first psychotic episode. He thought he'd been contacted by aliens who were using him in a scheme to control the world. He wasn't eating well. He was drinking his own urine.
Sometimes, Idahoans who don't get treatment end up in mental-health crisis. The people who help them at that point typically aren't mental-health practitioners - they're police officers, judges or prosecutors who do involuntarily commitments, or family members. Optum Idaho recognizes this and is training people in mental-health first aid. After a group activity, Rubie Gallegos explains their drawing of what anxiety feels like.
Roy Vopal didn’t expect to live at a Boise Rescue Mission shelter in Downtown Boise this year. But the 60-year-old had a serious knee injury, then surgery, that he said left him unable to work for the first time in his life.
“Mentally, it’s a mind-screw” to be out of work, Vopal said. “It definitely twists the brain.”
Vopal says his service in the Marines during the Vietnam War left him with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“There were times when I wanted my life to end,” Vopal said. He attempted suicide in his 30s and used drugs.
For the last year, KBSX has been following the legal battle over same-sex marriage in Idaho. The fight ended Wednesday as a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a lower court's ruling striking down Idaho's gay marriage ban went into effect.
The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.
Same-sex marriage is set to start Wednesday morning in Idaho under an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. And the county clerk’s office isn’t the only place where the ruling is expected to take effect.
University of Idaho law professor Richard Seamon said many rights of marriage fall into the “death and taxes” category -- like joint tax returns and medical decisions.
Rachael (Robertson) Beierle and Amber Beierle are two of the eight plaintiffs who sued Idaho over its same-sex marriage ban. The Beiereles tried to get their marriage license last week, and were denied.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio
A reporter for the blog covering the Supreme Court, "Scotusblog" says the state of Idaho likely faces an uphill battle in convincing justices that their case against gay marriage is any different than the seven states the court turned away Monday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has now given the state of Idaho until 1 p.m. MDT Monday to respond to this evening's motion from the plaintiffs in the case. The plaintiffs have until 6 p.m. MDT Monday to reply to that response.