John M. Becker

Marriages Start in South Carolina; SCOTUS Stays 9th

Filed By John M. Becker | October 08, 2014 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, Idaho, marriage equality, Nevada, same-sex marriage, South Carolina

justice-anthony-kennedy.jpgThe marriage equality developments have been coming in fast and furious this week, ever since the Supreme Court's decision on Monday not to hear any of the pending marriage equality cases on its docket, effectively legalizing marriage equality in eleven more states.

Same-sex marriages have begun in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Virginia and resumed in Wisconsin, Utah, and Indiana.

This morning saw the first marriage license issued to a same-sex couple in South Carolina:

The license was issued to Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon and her fiancée Nichols Beckley by Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon, who said the Supreme Court's action on Monday required that he do so.

But on the other side of the country, wedding bells will not be ringing in Idaho or Nevada today, thanks to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Details, after the break.

Reuters reports:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that struck down Idaho's gay marriage ban.

The brief order issued by the court said that gay marriage supporters should file a response to the state's emergency request by 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) on Thursday. The court will then decide whether to issue a more permanent stay. In the meantime, gay marriages in Idaho will not be able to proceed.

The filing by the state said that officials have also asked the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to place its Tuesday ruling on hold while litigation continues.

A copy of Kennedy's order is below, via Equality Case Files. The order is confusing -- it references the Idaho case but also bears the Nevada case number. Is this a typo from SCOTUS? If so, it's one hell of an embarrassing one...

14A374 Kennedy Order by Equality Case Files

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