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Idaho officials rule first 6 same-sex marriage licenses invalid, issued before stay lifted

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have ruled invalid the first six same-sex marriage licenses issued in the state. The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics determined the couples received the licenses before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Idaho. The rapidly unfolding events on Oct. 10 began when the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage. The Lewiston Tribune reports ( in a story on Thursday that Latah County issued the licenses that day while other Idaho counties waited for clarification from the Idaho attorney general's office. The attorney general said a final order was needed from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court didn't end the stay until Oct. 15.

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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