Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Homosexual Marriages in Idaho; Homosexual Marriage Cleared to Begin in Nevada

Logan Seven raises an equality flag on the front of the Chapelle de l'amore wedding chapel, Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Photo: John Locher, AP)
Logan Seven raises an equality flag on the front of the Chapelle de l’amore wedding chapel, Tuesday in Las Vegas.
(Photo: John Locher, AP)

UPDATE: Supreme Court justice clears same-sex marriage to begin in Nevada

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked gay marriages in Nevada and Idaho Wednesday following a last-minute appeal by Idaho.

The order signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy only affects those two states — not the states affected by Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that allowed gay marriages to go forth in other parts of the nation.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday had followed the high court case by striking down same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. Only Idaho asked the Supreme Court to issue a stay; the order appears to include Nevada because the appeals court had consolidated the two cases.

As a result, while marriages can continue in the five states affected by Monday’s Supreme Court action — Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Utah — they are blocked in the 9th Circuit states at least for a few days. Gay marriage proponents have until 5 p.m. Thursday to respond to Idaho’s request.

Lambda Legal, which represents same-sex couples in the Nevada case, said Kennedy’s action should not apply to Nevada, where state officials are not challenging the appeals court decision. It said it has asked the Supreme Court for clarification.

Kennedy’s order came about 10 minutes before Idaho said it would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses, as mandated by the appeals court order. Same-sex couples in both states were eager to begin the nuptials, which now must be put on hold.

The Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from five states Monday, clearing the way for appeals court decisions striking down same-sex marriage bans to go into effect.

Those decisions technically extend throughout the regions covered by the 4th, 7th and 10th circuits — most likely meaning that North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas also will have to legalize gay marriage in the coming weeks

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SOURCE: USA Today – Richard Wolf