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Gay marriages on hold

May 21, 2014


Assistant editor

No one contacted the Franklin County clerk’s office on Friday inquiring about same-sex marriage licenses or the ban on gay marriage that was overturned last week.


U.S. District Judge Candy Dale on May 13 said a long-standing Idaho law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. Dale said Idaho must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting on Friday morning.

But Thursday afternoon, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay while it considers whether a longer stay is needed.

Clerk Shauna Geddes said no one contacted her office about same–sex marriage licenses on Friday or the temporary stay.

“We cannot issue any same-sex licenses until the stay is lifted. We do not know how long this will take. We are in contact with the Idaho Attorney General’s office and they will let us know as soon as the stay is lifted,” she said.

On Thursday, Geddes said her office received a couple of telephone calls from people asking about the possibility of obtaining a license.

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