Anthony Kennedy Halts Gay Marriage In Idaho, Nevada

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania law school in Philadelphia. The pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justi... FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2013, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania law school in Philadelphia. The pro-gay rights rulings of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have been a key spark in the march toward legalized gay marriage. To counter the trend, same-sex marriage opponents now are seizing upon other opinions by Kennedy himself. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) MORE LESS
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Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order to halt same-sex marriage in Idaho — and apparently also Nevada — on Wednesday after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the states’ bans one day earlier.

Kennedy, who has jurisdiction over emergency appeals to rulings at the 9th Circuit, ordered that the lawyers for the same-sex couples suing to ax the ban respond to Idaho’s appeal by Thursday, Oct. 9 by 5 p.m.

Although Idaho asked for the injunction, Kennedy’s order also halts the 9th Circuit ruling against Nevada’s gay marriage ban — the two cases were consolidated.

The move comes after the Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear seven cases about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans, instead letting several lower court rulings against them take effect.

Kennedy’s move on Wednesday doesn’t necessarily mean the Court has had a change of heart and decided to review the issue. It’s possible he’s merely letting the process play out by giving Idaho a chance to appeal to the Supreme Court, and the gay couples a chance to respond, before the justices decide whether to take the case.

In the Idaho case, a lower court had knocked down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the 9th Circuit affirmed the ruling. In the Nevada case, a lower court had upheld the ban on same-sex marriage in 2012 (before the Supreme Court’s Windsor v. U.S. decision), and the 9th Circuit reversed it. The 9th Circuit ruling Tuesday paved the way for the bans to be lifted in Idaho and Nevada, but Kennedy’s order on Wednesday halts the 9th Circuit ruling in both states.

Kennedy Order – Idaho gay marriage

This article has been updated.

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  1. Avatar for ajm ajm says:

    The Supreme Court conservatives may have been hoping for a split.

  2. There is no split. The pro-gay marriage side has all the existing circuit decisions on its side. Kennedy is giving a the anti-gay marriage side a chance to come up with something new.

  3. Kennedy is giving a the anti-gay marriage side a chance to come up with something new.

    Agreed. Kennedy is trying to avoid the appearance of the Supremes not doing due diligence on a decisive issue. He’s saying, in effect, “what else you got?”

  4. Avatar for drywit drywit says:

    Let’s see…Butch the Otter (Driver Under the Influence & serial philanderer) needs to retain his phony-baloney job next month. Family Values and past record will be a long-shot so better to assault teh geys and get the mouth-breathers out to place a check next to the “R” box. Plus, SC Justice K & Butch share the mackerel-snapping persuasion.

    Feeling suicidal? Vote Republican.

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