Kennedy Screw-Up Blocked Gay Marriage in Nevada, Too

Supreme Court confirms the accident, says it's fixed
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2014 1:48 PM CDT
Kennedy Screw-Up Blocked Gay Marriage in Nevada, Too
US Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy, leaves after the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Anthony Kennedy stepped in yesterday and blocked same-sex marriage from going forward in Idaho—but in issuing his order, he accidentally stepped in it and blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada. The cause of confusion? Though Idaho asked the court for a stay, Nevada did not; but Idaho included case numbers for both states in its request. The Supreme Court confirmed the error today, reports the AP, adding that Kennedy followed up with a corrected ruling that lifted the stay within hours. By then the damage was done, and Nevada officials had opted to wait for the legal situation to settle. They're still waiting: An anti-gay marriage group in Nevada has since petitioned Kennedy to put a stay on issuing marriage licenses. (More gay marriage stories.)

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