U.S. Supreme Court Justice Puts Hold (For Now) On Idaho Same-Sex Marriage


Hold on a minute.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an early morning stay, blocking enforcement of the 9th Circuit Court order to allow same-sex marriages in Idaho.

"It is ordered that the mandate of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ... is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court," wrote Kennedy.

Kennedy has given Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden until 5 p.m. on Thursday to file a response.

"We also asked the 9th Circuit for the same relief, but I'm grateful that Justice Kennedy acted so promptly," said Otter this morning. "I intend to be faithful to my oath of office and keep working to protect the Idaho Constitution and the mandate of Idaho voters in support of traditional marriage."

Otter submitted a stay request to Kennedy Tuesday evening after the 9th Circuit amended its initial order to make same-sex marriage effective immediately.