Idaho’s first six same-sex marriage licenses ruled invalid

Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County. Geoff Crimmins, AP

Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County.Geoff Crimmins, AP

Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County.

MOSCOW, Idaho — Idaho officials have ruled invalid the first six same-sex marriage licenses issued in the state.

The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics determined the couples received the licenses before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted a stay blocking same-sex marriage in Idaho.

The rapidly unfolding events on Oct. 10 began when the U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals from five states seeking to retain their bans on same-sex marriage.

The Lewiston Tribune reports in a story on Thursday that Latah County issued the licenses that day while other Idaho counties waited for clarification from the Idaho attorney general’s office.

The attorney general said a final order was needed from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The appeals court didn’t end the stay until Oct. 15.

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