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
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)
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(Newser) – 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. (Read more gay marriage stories.)

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