UPDATED: Idaho marriage ban ruled unconstitutional; marriages may begin on Friday

UPDATE: Judge denies the request for a stay. Idaho's governor will request a stay from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Otherwise, marriage will begin Friday morning. 

A federal judge has issued a ruling calling Idaho's ban on marriage equality unconstitutional. U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale also issued an injunction to block enforcement on that ban will go into effect at 9:00 AM Friday morning, local time.

Judge Dale writes:

Idaho’s Marriage Laws withhold from them a profound and personal choice, one that most can take for granted. By doing so, Idaho’s Marriage Laws deny same-sex couples the economic, practical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of marriage, relegating each couple to a stigmatized, second-class status. Plaintiffs suffer these injuries not because they are unqualified to marry, start a family, or grow old together, but because of who they are and whom they love.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has stated he will appeal the ruling, but if the appellate court doesn't issue a stay, couples could be married as soon as Friday morning.

Watch several of the couples react on KTVB in Boise: