Gay Marriage Blocked, Just for the Moment, in Idaho and Nevada

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Same-sex marriage supporters shout slogans in front of the US Supreme Court on March 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage as it considers arguments that it should make history and extend equal rights to same-sex couples. Waving US and rainbow flags, hundreds of gay marriage supporters braved the cold to rally outside the court along with a smaller group of opponents, some pushing strollers. Some slept outside in hopes of witnessing the historic hearing.
Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images2013 AFP

Just ten minutes before Idaho was to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses following yesterday’s quotable ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy delayed the party. Kennedy alone ordered an immediate but temporary stay, putting the decision off for what’s likely to be just a few days. Gay-marriage opponents should enjoy the inequality while it lasts, because this is really happening

The lessons of our constitutional history are clear: Inclusion strengthens, rather than weakens, our most important institutions,” ruled the appeals court judge yesterday. “When same-sex couples are married, just as when opposite-sex couples are married, they serve as models of loving commitment to all.”