Justice Kennedy Grants Stay On Marriage Equality In Idaho

Idaho's Gov. Butch and the state's attorney general filed an emergency motion requesting a stay on the 9th Circuit's marriage equality ruling this morning. Justice Kennedy, the acting SCOTUS representative responsible for the circuit, waited until the last minute to grant a stay, keeping marriage inequality in place in Idaho ... for now. 

The Idaho Statesmen reports:

Minutes before county clerks throughout Idaho were prepared to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples this morning, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.

The order came after Idaho on Wednesday filed an emergency request for an immediate stay. The state's request said that without a stay, state and county officials would have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples at 8 a.m. Mountain time.

Kennedy's order requested a response from the plaintiffs involved in Idaho's gay marriage lawsuit by the end of the day Thursday.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage in 30 other states.

Ada County Clerk Chris Rich was ready to provide marriage certificates to same-sex couples in Boise and the outlying area at 8 a.m. As soon as the ruling came down, he had to dash the hopes and dreams of folks who lined up hoping to be among the first to tie the knot in the state. (Pictured above)

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Why do these officials keep wasting time and OUR tax dollars on this? Times are changing. Accept it and move on. 

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Apparently marriage equality is back on track in Nevada, since state officials are not planning on challenging the appellate court's ruling.

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Silly comment.  Same sex marriage is legal for well over half (150 million people) of the United States today, and will be so in the rest of the country within the next couple of years.

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Well over half!!! Now that is a Silly Comment , It should be legal for all.

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It's sad that people here in the US are STILL trying to block the inevitable.

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J.H.C...America for all your advances you are so backward.The belief in the UK was if it happens in the States it will happen in the UK. It appears The USA is so far behind in coming forward you are a laughing stock in the world .Stay out of our bedrooms .

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