1 Idaho couple gets marriage license before stay

Several same-sex couples, their families and friends gathered at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise on Wednesday morning, eager to be first in line for marriage licenses after a federal appellate court rejected Idaho’s ban on gay marriages.

But their mood turned from joyous to heartbroken as the county clerk, Chris Rich, handed a slip of paper from the U.S. Supreme Court to attorney Deborah Ferguson.

It was an emergency stay putting any same-sex weddings on hold. It was issued by Justice Anthony Kennedy.

However, in a south-central Idaho county, one gay couple received a marriage license before county employees got word of the stay.

Twin Falls County deputy chief clerk Sharon Lancaster says Don Moline and Clint Newlan received a license before the county staff heard about the stay.