Same-sex marriages are on hold in two Western states. Just minutes before Idaho was slated to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, state officials appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to put gay marriages on hold. Justice Anthony Kennedy granted the temporary stay. While no Nevada officials asked the Court to stay the ruling, same-sex marriages are currently halted there too because the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had consolidated the two cases.
Nevada is asking for clarification from the Court. Advocates of same-sex marriage in Idaho have until 5 p.m. Eastern Thursday to respond to the state's request. Kennedy is the Supreme Court justice who deals with emergency pleas from states covered by the 9th Circuit. He is often believed to be the swing vote on the gay marriage issue.
Tuesday's decision that cleared the way for same-sex couples to tie the knot in Idaho and Nevada came just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not currently be hearing appeals about the issue in five states.
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