Idaho and Wyoming refuse to recognize same-sex marriages despite court rulings

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Jennifer Melsop and Erika Turner outside the Arlington courthouse. Jennifer and Erika were the first same Alex couple to get a marriage license in Arlington,VA, and married shortly thereafter in front of a throng of journalists. They learned of the Supreme Court ruling that allowed same sex couples in Virginia to marry via a post on the human rights campaign facebook page. The couple had a ceremony planned for a year from today in DC, but acted fast to be able to get. Virginia marriage license. #onassignment #samesexmarriage #gaymarriage #virginia #scotus
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By RYAN GORMAN

Two of the more than a dozen states where same-sex marriage was made legal this week through court decisions are refusing to recognize the unions.

Officials in both Idaho and Wyoming have used differing tactics, but both are refusing to allow the ceremonies to be performed in their states.

Gay marriages were made legal Monday in 11 states, including Wyoming, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear petitions from them after circuit courts ruled their bans on them unconstitutional.

The Ninth Circuit Court, in San Francisco, then struck down on Tuesday Idaho and Nevada's gay marriage laws in a manner similar to the circuit court decisions that prompted the denied petitions to the Supreme Court.

This effectively legalized gay marriages in 13 states across the nation, but Idaho and Wyoming did not take the decisions lightly.

As officials in Virginia, Wisconsin and elsewhere issued directives to immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Wyoming leaders went in a different direction.

County clerks in "The Equality State" reportedly refused to issue the certificates while explaining they were waiting for word from the governor's office. At least one county took the applications and put them into a pending status while awaiting further direction.

The explanation given was that the state's constitution specifically defines marriage as between a single man and a single woman. This distinction was made at the time of the state's founding to combat Mormon polygamy.

A series of lawsuits filed in state and federal court this week are expected to change that, but they will take some time to wind their way through the legal system.

Idaho officials have no such clause in their state's constitution but have still declined to recognize the circuit court ruling.

The state has instead reportedly filed an emergency motion to stop same-sex marriages from taking place in the state. Officials ask in the filing that the circuit court's mandate be recalled.

This motion was granted by the Supreme Court.
Overturning the decision would keep Idaho's gay marriage ban intact. Gay marriages are also prohibited from taking place while an appeals court considers the motion.

Similar court proceedings across other states led to the Supreme Court petitions denied this week by the justices.

Gay marriages are now allowed in 32 states and the District of Columbia. It appears to be only a matter of time until the unions are recognized from sea to shining sea.

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