US: Supreme Court justice temporarily blocks same-sex marriage ruling in two states
A Supreme Court Justice has temporarily blocked a ruling which meant same-sex couples could marry in Idaho and Nevada.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down same-sex marriage bans in a ruling yesterday which specifically referred to Idaho and Nevada, but which was also hailed as an end to same-sex marriage bans in Alaska, Arizona and Montana too.
Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday issued an order temporarily blocking same-sex weddings from taking place, just over an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request for a stay.
The stay also applies to Nevada.
Justice Kennedy has requested a response from plaintiffs in Idaho’s same-sex marriage case by the end of Thursday, possibly signalling that the stay may be short lived.
Alternatively, the stay could be extended, until a decision is made by the Supreme Court on whether it should take up the appeal.
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