BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says he will consult with the governor on the state's appeal of a federal magistrate's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter already has said he intends to appeal the case. Four Idaho couples filed the lawsuit challenging the marriage ban in November. Their attorney, Deborah Ferguson, said the ruling recognized that the families are part of Idaho's community and that they deserved the same protections and respect as other Idaho families.