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Gay Marriage Proposal Of The Day: Senator Kelvin Atkinson And Sherwood Howard - VIDEO


Nevada state senator Kelvin Atkinson has proposed to his partner Sherwood Howard at a Freedom Nevada event celebrating the striking down of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, reports CNN.

Last year, Republican Atrkinson came out during a debate prior to a vote repealing a constitutional provision passed by voters in 2002 banning same-sex marriage

Atkinson said that his proposal “just came out...I proposed to him on stage in front of everyone.”

During his speech, Atkinson called Howard on to the stage to propose: 1007TheCenter12_t653

“Woody I know it has been six years. They haven’t always been great, but we have been great partners and as a lot of you know in a lot of my political work [you are] the one person that I trust the most, to be there with me, to be there for me, to be that confidant, to be my friend and my partner, so I’m saying it in front of everybody, will you marry me?’

The couple have been together for about 6 1/2 years and planned on getting married, but didn't want to do it in another state.

Despite the good news, yesterday we reported that same-sex marriage in Nevada is once again on hold after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued an order stating that his stay of the 9th Circuit's ruling only applies to Idaho.

Watch Atkinson's proposal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy Lifts Stay On Same-Sex Marriage In Nevada


Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has issued a second order today ending his previously issued stay only as it applies to Nevada. The stay on the 9th Circuit's ruling will remain in effect for Idaho. BuzzFeed reports, "Justice Anthony Kennedy ended the stay as to the Nevada marriage case, likely clearing the path for same-sex couples to be able to marry there soon."


At Least One Same-Sex Couple Married In Idaho Before Justice Kennedy's Stay: PHOTO


According to The Idaho Statesman, one gay couple was able to get married in Twin Falls, Idaho before Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued his stay of the 9th Circuit's ruling striking down bans on same-sex marriage in Idaho and Nevada. Same-sex couples were supposed to be able to begin marrying immediately in both states following a mandate issued by the 9th Circuit.

It is unclear at this time whether other same-sex couples in Idaho, or Nevada for that matter, were able to get marriage licenses before Justice Kennedy's stay was imposed.

Gay Weddings Halted In Idaho And Nevada Following SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy's Stay Of 9th Circuit Ruling: VIDEO


While same-sex couples were set to be able to begin marrying today in Nevada, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's stay of the 9th Circuit Court's ruling striking down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho has effectively blocked same-sex couples in both states from saying "I do." 

Justice Kennedy's stay came after an emergency motion filed by Idaho state officials that requested a recall of the mandate from the 9th Circuit that made its ruling effective immediately.

The Star Tribune reports:

In Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed marriage capital of the world, the Marriage License Bureau had expected big crowds seeking gender-neutral marriage licenses starting at 2 p.m. local time. But Clark County Clerk Diane Alba told The Associated Press those plans were on hold.

"It looks pretty clear that we're not going to issue licenses this afternoon," she said.

Amber Beierle, one of the eight women who sued Idaho over its gay marriage ban, had hoped to marry her partner, Rachael Robertson, on Wednesday.

"We were past the metal detectors, we were just a few feet away from the clerk, and then our attorney was handed a one-page document," Beierle said. "Apparently it was Justice Kennedy telling us no."

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said he was glad Kennedy acted quickly.

"I'm pleased that Justice Kennedy has given us the opportunity to make our case in a way that helps avoid the confusion some other states have faced," Otter said. "I intend to be faithful to my oath of office and keep working to protect the Idaho Constitution and the mandate of Idaho voters in support of traditional marriage."

The delay could last just a few days. Kennedy's order requested a response from the plaintiffs involved in Idaho's gay marriage lawsuit by the end of Thursday.

The entire Supreme Court would need to weigh in to extend the stay beyond a couple of days. 

Watch a news report from Idaho on the stay and the disappointed couples, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Idaho Files Emergency Motion to Recall 9th Circuit Mandate Lifting Gay Marriage Ban

Idaho's Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Governor Butch Otter (pictured) have filed an emergency motion to recall a 9th Circuit mandate that would lift the state's gay marriage ban.

KTVB reports: Otter

Because of the mandate, same-sex couples in Idaho won't have to wait for the standard 7-day time span for the ruling to take effect. The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure typically provide the seven-day waiting period to give the losing side a chance to appeal.

But the state of Idaho filed an emergency motion to recall that mandate, the attorney general's office confirmed Wednesday morning. It's unclear whether same-sex marriages will be allowed to proceed Wednesday.

Officials at the courthouse say they are following the order from the district court and will move forward once they get the word. The clerk's office got plenty of calls Tuesday about when gay couples can begin to wed.

The Idaho Statesman adds:

Earlier this morning, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter filed a motion with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking a stay pending appeal of the court's ruling Tuesday that Idaho's law banning gay marriage is unconstitutional be stayed pending an appeal.

Without the stay, county clerks throughout Idaho will be compelled to begin issuing mariage licenses to same-sex couples beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"Each same-sex marriage performed will be contrary to the interests of the state and its citizens in being able to define marriage through ordinary democratic channels," wrote Thomas C. Perry, counsel for the governor, in one of three filings this morning.

A stay would allow the state to seek a review by the entire 9th Circuit Court of Appeals of Tuesday's ruling by a three-member panel. Perry wrote the state is also prepared to press the matter before the United States Supreme Court.

However, the paper also reports that Ada County Clerk Chris Rich was told by the attorney general's office at 9 pm last night to begin issuing licenses to gay couples seeking them "until he hears otherwise."

UPDATE: Justice Anthony Kennedy orders temporary stay.

Read the motion below:

14-35420 #183 by Equality Case Files

Gay Idahoans Poised to Marry as Governor, Attorney General Review 9th Circuit Decision

While Nevada's Governor and Attorney General have given the go-ahead following yesterday's 9th Circuit ruling striking down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada, Idahoans await word from state officials, according to The Statesman:

OtterGay marriage advocates were planning an 8 a.m. Wednesday rally at the Ada County Courthouse, but the county clerk cautioned people to wait for clarity before expecting to get a marriage license.

County Clerk Chris Rich said his staff is ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses as soon as he gets a directive from U.S. District Court or Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

“Hopefully, someone will call me and tell me what to do,” Rich said.

Wasden said Tuesday night that his office is reviewing the 9th Circuit actions. “It’s still too early to know fully what the decision and orders mean for Idaho and how the state will proceed,” he said.

Idaho Governor C.L. 'Butch' Otter (pictured) released a statement shortly after the 9th Circuit ruling yesterday:

“Today’s decision by the 9th Circuit is disappointing, but not unexpected. I will carefully evaluate the opinion, along with yesterday’s surprising decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, and talk with legislative leaders and the Attorney General before determining our path forward. The stay on same-sex marriage in Idaho remains in effect until we are directed otherwise by the 9th Circuit.” 

Meanwhile, the 9th Circuit has issued its mandate of the ruling.


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