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1:13-cv-00482 #48

1:13-cv-00482 #48

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Doc 48 - Declaration of Susan Latta
Doc 48 - Declaration of Susan Latta

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Published by: Equality Case Files on Feb 23, 2014
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 Deborah A. Ferguson, ISB No. 5333 The Law Office of Deborah A. Ferguson, PLLC 202 N. 9
 Street, Suite 401 C Boise, Idaho 83702 Tel.: (208) 484-2253 d@fergusonlawmediation.com Craig Harrison Durham, ISB No. 6428 Durham Law Office, PLLC 405 S. 8th Street, Ste. 372 Boise, ID 83702 Tel.: (208) 345-5183 craig@chdlawoffice.com Shannon P. Minter Christopher F. Stoll  National Center for Lesbian Rights 870 Market Street, Suite 370 San Francisco, California 94102 Tel.: (415) 392-6257 sminter@nclrights.org Attorneys for Plaintiffs
SUSAN LATTA and TRACI EHLERS, LORI WATSEN and SHARENE WATSEN, SHELIA ROBERTSON and ANDREA ALTMAYER, AMBER BEIERLE and RACHAEL ROBERTSON, Plaintiffs, v. C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER, as Governor of the State of Idaho, in his official capacity, and CHRISTOPHER RICH, as Recorder of Ada County, Idaho, in his official capacity, Defendants. Case No. 1:13-cv-00482-CWD
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1 I, Susan Latta, hereby declare and state as follows: 1. I am one of the Plaintiffs in this action, along with my wife, Traci Elhers. I have personal knowledge of the matters stated in this Declaration and could and would competently testify to these facts. 2. I am 47 years old and live in Boise, Idaho, where I have resided for 22 years. 3. In 1994, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Boise State University. Later, in 2007, I also earned a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Boise State University. 4. I am a professional artist. I have been an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University for seven years and have taught in the Art Department, the Engineering Department and the Foundational Studies Program. I also own an art related business, The Sculpture Studio, which is a studio where I design and build, as well as teach workshops in various sculptural skills to community members. 5. My artwork has been collected by the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Boise Visual Chronicle and over 200 local private collections. I have been commissioned for site-specific work by a number of local businesses and residences, including The Grove Street Place, Boise Weekly and Azure Hair Studio in the Linen District. I was also selected through a competitive process to complete a permanent public art project for the Student Union Building at Boise State University, and I am currently an artist on contract for the City of Boise. I have received grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and was selected as an artist in residence for the AIR Studios program though the Boise City
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 2 Department of Arts and History. I have produced eight distinct solo exhibitions in Boise, and have participated in many other juried and invitational exhibitions and events. 6. As an undergraduate at Boise State University, I was a founding member of the Visual Arts League, a student organization. Since then, I have served as a member of the Mayor's Task Force to revitalize the Boise Visual Chronicle, a member of the President's Art Task Force at Boise State University to determine the management of the University's extensive art collection, and a member of Boise State University's Art Advisory Board for three years. I was also a Livestrong Foundation Artist in Residence for St. Alphonsus Cancer Care Center for 18 months, providing cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy the opportunity to experience the sheer joy of art making. I currently serve as the Vice President of the board of directors for Alley Repertory Theater. I have also been a participating artist in the Valentines for AIDS fundraising event for 14 consecutive years. I have donated my time and my art work to numerous non-profit organizations and community causes over the years for fund raising, including the Women and Children's Alliance, Women's Celebration of the Arts and the Idaho Humane Society's Lawn d'Art event. 7. I have two children. My daughter A. was born in June 1989, and a son, J., was born in Oct. 1993. 8. I was 31 years old when I realized I was a lesbian. From the beginning of this realization, I was able to discuss my feelings with my mother, and she was very supportive. When I came out, my children were ages three and seven. 9. My wife Traci and I met one another through a book club we both attended. We started dating approximately a year and a half after that, in 2003. I was
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