Appeals court puts Idaho gay marriages on hold

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2013 file photo, Amber Beierle, left, and Rachael Robertson pose for a photograph at their home in Boise, Idaho. They are one of four same-sex couples who are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Tuesday evening, May 13, 2014, that Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deny gay and lesbian citizens of their fundamental right to marry. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has already said he intends to appeal the case. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski, File) LOCAL TV OUT (KTVB 7)

Mike Chase, center left, kisses his partner Matthew Montoya on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse during a rally in support of same sex marriage in Boise on Tuesday night May 13, 2014. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled earlier in the day that Idaho's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

BOISE (AP) — A federal appeals court has temporarily put plans for Idaho same-sex weddings on hold while it considers the state’s request for a longer stay.

The state’s gay marriage ban was overturned Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Candy Dale said the law unconstitutionally denied gay and lesbian residents their fundamental right to marry. Dale said Idaho must begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting Friday morning.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today put the weddings on hold while it considers a request for a longer stay while the governor and attorney general appeal the case.

The four couples who sued to get Idaho’s ban overturned had asked the court to allow the weddings to begin.

Gay marriage is legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia.