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Same-sex marriage begins in at least one Idaho county

UPDATE 4:55 p.m.

Latah County has issued licenses to four same-sex couple and two other couple still were waiting in line. Officials from Kootenai, Shoshone, Bonner and Benewah counties said they did not issue licenses to same-sex couples Friday.

UPDATE 4:03 p.m.

The Latah County Clerk has issued a marriage license to two females, signaling the start of same-sex marriage in Idaho.

Latah County Clerk Susan Petersen said on the advice of the Latah County prosecutor she issued the license about 3:45 p.m. The two women came to her office in Moscow about 2:30 p.m. to get a license and had to wait while officials determined if they were allowed to start issuing licenses to same-sex couples, said Petersen, a Republican.

“We’re just trying to follow the law,” Petersen said.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can go ahead in Idaho.

The court issued an order Friday that appears to remove the last legal obstacle keeping gay and lesbian couples from getting married in the conservative state.

The federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday declared gay marriage bans illegal in Idaho and Nevada.

Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked same-sex weddings in Idaho a day later after the state asked for a delay. Idaho officials said county clerks would be forced to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples almost immediately without the high court’s intervention.

Kennedy offered no explanation for his order, but indicated it would not be lasting. The court issued no explanation for its order Friday, either.


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