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1:13-cv-00482 #54

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Doc 54 - Declaration of Amber Beirle
Doc 54 - Declaration of Amber Beirle

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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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 2 I, Amber Beierle, hereby declare and state as follows: 1. I am one of the Plaintiffs in this action, along with my life partner, Rachael Robertson. I am 33 years old and have lived in Idaho since birth. I have personal knowledge of the matters stated in this Declaration and could and would competently testify to these facts. 2. I was raised in rural Canyon County near Huston, Idaho. In 1996, when I was a child, my parents divorced, and I lived with my mother. 3. As a teenager, I was a member of the Free Methodist Church and went on two mission trips to Mexico, sang in the church choir, and was a church youth group leader. 4. I attended high school in the Vallivue School District, graduating in 1999. As a child and teenager, I was very active and engaged. My peers selected me to be a member of Natural Helpers, a peer counselor program. I lettered for four years in softball and was voted “Most Inspirational” by my teammates for three years. I served as class  president my senior year and participated in student council as class representative for the three preceding years. My senior year, I was selected for the Homecoming Court and received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and the Jacob’s Memorial Award for “Most Inspirational Female Athlete” (Class of 1999). 5. In 2004, I earned my B.A. in History, Secondary Education at Boise State University. I lived with my mother through most of college and graduate school, commuting from Canyon County to Boise. I left home at age twenty-four when I was chosen to participate in the inaugural Graduate Residential Scholar Program at Boise State University. While I completed my graduate degree in Applied Historical Research,
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 3 I served as the first City Historian for the City of Boise. In 2007, I earned my M.A. in Applied Historical Research. 6. Since 2009, I have been the Education Specialist and Visitor Services Coordinator at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, which is an Idaho historic site, managed by the Idaho State Historical Society. The Historic Society was created in 1881 and established as a state agency in 1907. Our mission is to use historic resources to benefit Idahoans and to provide dynamic public programs in education, preservation and stewardship. I love my work. I believe that history can inform our present decisions and that understanding history prepares us for a better future. My position allows me to be involved in policy decisions concerning Idaho’s historic resources and city and state planning, and I find my  job to be very rewarding. 7. When I was hired at the Idaho State Historical Society I did not reveal that I was a lesbian. At first, I was careful in what names and pronouns I used to describe my  partner at work. I was very aware that as a state employee I was not protected from termination due to my sexual orientation. I have since, however, come out about my sexual orientation at work, and my supervisor and colleagues know I am a lesbian. I am relieved that it has not been used against me. 8. Both Rachael and I volunteer for many organizations in the community. I am a member of the History Committee for the Boise City Department of Arts and History. The History Committee helps the department plan events like the Boise Sesquicentennial and Fettuccine Forum lecture series. The History Committee also assists in public art and history projects with research and writing. Since 2010, I also have served on the board of the Boise Museum Association. I teach history workshops for the
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