(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday put on hold a federal judge's ruling that overturned Idaho's ban on gay marriage so it could consider motions for a longer stay, blocking same-sex nuptials a day before they would otherwise have been allowed.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale had overturned Idaho's ban on same-sex matrimony on Tuesday, saying it relegated gay couples to second-class status in violation of constitutional guarantees of equal protection. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put that ruling on hold.
(Reporting By Laura Zuckerman; Writing by Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)