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Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Idaho

The move came as barriers to gay marriage fell state by state this week, from Nevada to North Carolina, and followed days of back-and-forth federal court actions that could soon see legal weddings for same-sex couples extended to 35 states.

A county clerk in Idaho began issuing the state's first marriage licenses to gay couples today, after the US Supreme Court lifted a temporary hold it imposed days earlier, capping a week of victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.

The move came as barriers to gay marriage fell state by state this week, from Nevada to North Carolina, and followed days of back-and-forth federal court actions that could soon see legal weddings for same-sex couples extended to 35 states.

Susan Petersen, clerk of Latah County in northwest Idaho which includes the college town of Moscow, said she issued her first license to a lesbian couple after getting guidance from county legal advisers.

But there was no immediate word on whether licenses were being issued elsewhere in the state after the late afternoon high court action. A spokesman for Idaho's attorney general said officials were awaiting a mandate from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to proceed.

"We understand the very clear message sent by the US Supreme court," said the spokesman, Todd Dvorak.

The 9th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over much of the western United States, overturned gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, although the Idaho ruling was briefly put on hold by the US Supreme Court at the state's request.

Nevada, where officials indicated they were ready to embrace same-sex matrimony, began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Thursday.

Ty Carson, 41 of Boise, said she hoped to swiftly marry her partner of 16 years, with whom she has three children, even as the late afternoon timing of the decision meant that many couples might have to wait until Tuesday to wed, after a long holiday weekend.

"We've been here before," Carson said. "The reason we're going through this emotional roller coaster is so that our kids can one day laugh about how this used to be against the law."

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