Idaho same-sex couples left waiting in marriage battle

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Gay marriage is on hold in Idaho.

A federal judge ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional on Tuesday. On Thursday afternoon, a federal appeals court ordered a stay at the request of the request of the governor and attorney general. Hundreds of couples were left wondering what is next.

Jeanna Scollard and Jamie McMillen were planning to go to the Kootenai County Administration building Friday morning to get a marriage license. They will not be able to.

On Tuesday, they and so many other same-sex couples in Idaho were rejoicing over the state’s ban on gay marriages being overturned.

READ: Appeals court puts Idaho gay marriage on hold

“It was my mother that called me at 6:30 in the morning telling me to get my happy butt out of bed and go get married,” said McMillen.

They were planning a small marriage ceremony for Monday. After Thursday’s stay from an appeals court, they are back to square one.

“Being the rollercoaster ride this week, it has been rather interesting because in part, we want to plan and we want to get married. We've been together for - it will be six years in September," said Scollard.

They said it is even harder knowing gay marriage is legal just across the border in Washington. The couple wants to stay in Coeur d’Alene so their sons can be with their friends.

The Marriage Licensing Office in Kootenai County was ready to hand out licenses to gay couples on Friday. Officials said they are waiting to see what happens and will be ready if the stay is cancelled.
 

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