- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Four Idaho couples who sued over the state’s gay marriage ban asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to allow same-sex weddings to begin in accordance with a ruling earlier this week from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorneys filed the opposition to the high court’s emergency stay that left couples in tears early Wednesday.

Following a decision in their favor from the appeals court, couples flocked to courthouses and made wedding plans only to be rejected moments after clerk’s offices opened.

In the lawsuit, the couples said that they, along with all other same-sex couples in Idaho, face concrete, grievous and ongoing harm from a stay.

“Throughout the duration of a stay, same-sex couples will face major life events such as births, illnesses, and deaths, all without the crucial legal protections afforded by marriage,” the attorneys wrote.

Attorneys for the couples say they expect to win because the Supreme Court this week ruled in favor of allowing same-sex marriages in similar cases involving five other states.

The couples contend that they, along with all other same-sex couples in Idaho, face concrete, grievous and ongoing harm from a stay.

“Throughout the duration of a stay, same-sex couples will face major life events such as births, illnesses, and deaths, all without the crucial legal protections afforded by marriage,” the attorneys wrote.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco declared same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada illegal on Tuesday. Hours later, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay putting the lower court’s ruling on hold.

Both Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, another defendant in the lawsuit, say they intend to ask the full 9th Circuit to reconsider the case since it was decided by a three-judge panel. But under court rules they have until Oct. 21 to make that request, and Wasden’s spokesman Todd Dvorak said Thursday that he didn’t expect those motions to be filed this week.

The eight Idaho women who sued are Sue Latta and Traci Ehlers, Lori and Sharene Watsen, Shelia Robertson and Andrea Altmayer, and Amber and Rachael Beierle.

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