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Order from Justice Kennedy halts same-sex marriages in Idaho

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has issued an emergency order staying the implementation of the gay marriage ruling in Idaho this morning, at the request of Gov. Butch Otter. That halted marriage licenses for same-sex couples – just as they were about to be issused.

“Our clients were first in line to get the applications, and Recorder (Chris) Rich came out and indicated this order had just been issued,” said attorney Deborah Ferguson. “We’ll be back.” Some of her clients,  the four same-sex couples who sued to overturn Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage, were in tears; there are close to 100 people gathered on the Ada County Courthouse steps. 

One same-sex couple reportedly successfully obtained a marriage license in Twin Falls before the order came through there.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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