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BOISE -- A federal judge has issued an injunction that will block enforcement of Idaho s ban on same-sex marriage, effective Friday morning.

U.S. District Magistrate Candy Dale issued a memorandum decision and order this afternoon in the case of four same-sex couples who challenged the constitutionality of Idaho s marriage laws, which voters approved as an amendment to the state constitution in 2006.

Gov. Butch Otter is appealing the injunction. Unless a higher court grants that appeal, Idaho must allow same-sex marriage, and recognition of existing legal same-sex marriages after 9 a.m. Friday.

Here is the full statement from Gov. Otter:

In 2006, the people of Idaho exercised their fundamental right, reaffirming that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Today s decision, while disappointing, is a small setback in a long-term battle that will end at the U.S. Supreme Court. I am firmly committed to upholding the will of the people and defending our Constitution.

A news conference is planned for 6:15 p.m. We will stream it on KTVB.COM.

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