Idaho Issues First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Image: Rachael Beierle, Amber Beierle, Maryanne Jordan
Rachael Beierle, left, and Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan, center, laugh at a joke in Amber Beierle's wedding vows at City Hall in Boise, Idaho, on Oct. 15.Otto Kitsinger / AP

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Same-sex couples in Idaho counted down the final seconds and then cheered as Ada County clerks began issuing them marriage licenses Wednesday morning. More than 100 people were gathered at the courthouse in Boise to mark the occasion as Idaho became the latest state to begin recognizing gay marriage in the wake of a series of court rulings nationwide.

In the photo above, Rachael Beierle, left, and Boise City Council President Maryanne Jordan, center, laugh at a joke in Amber Beierle's wedding vows at City Hall on Wednesday. The couple was among the eight women who sued over Idaho's marriage ban, and were the first to get a license in Ada County. With Mayor Dave Bieter out of town, Jordan officiated the wedding ceremony as acting mayor.

Doug Flanders, right, holds aloft his marriage license with his spouse Carmine Caruso outside the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, on Wednesday.Otto Kitsinger / AP
–The Associated Press