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Supreme Court Justice Clears Same-Sex Marriage for Nevada, Idaho on Hold

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has allowed same-sex marriage to begin in Nevada, clarifying that an earlier order blocking gay unions applies only to Idaho.
Kennedy said in a brief order issued Wednesday afternoon that he is temporarily putting on hold same-sex marriage in Idaho, where state officials have asked for the delay. Nevada officials did not make a similar request.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday. A day earlier, the Supreme Court let similar rulings from three other appeals courts become final and effectively raised to 30 the number of states where same-sex couples can marry, or soon will be able to do so. 

Meanwhile, a group fighting to keep Nevada's state ban on same-sex marriage wants the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate a short-lived ruling that blocked weddings from taking place.

Coalition for the Protection of Marriage attorney Monte Neil Stewart says he filed a request for Justice Anthony Kennedy to reinstate a stay on Wednesday afternoon.

The state has been in limbo since the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday.  Nevada's ban stems from a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2002. 

Because of the filing, Washoe County is awaiting language mandated ultimately by the 9th Circuit Court before it can start issuing licenses to same-sex couples. 

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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