The Supreme Court on Friday lifted a temporary stay of a lower court's ruling striking down Idaho's ban on gay marriage.

The order removes the last legal obstacle preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in Idaho.

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down restrictive marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Idaho asked for and Justice Anthony Kennedy granted an emergency stay in the ruling. Later, the high court clarified that the order only applied to Idaho, not Nevada.

Republican Governor Butch Otter said in a statement that his administration would comply with the ruling.

“I disagree with the court's conclusion, which negates the 2006 vote of the people of Idaho, is contrary to the values of most Idahoans, and undermines fundamental states' rights. But we are a nation of laws. Idaho now should proceed with civility and in an orderly manner to comply with any forthcoming order from the 9th Circuit,” Otter said.

According to the Spokesman Review, Latah County began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples on Friday.

In seeking the emergency stay, Idaho argued that there was “a very strong likelihood” that the high court would overturn the Ninth Circuit's ruling, which may cause gay couples and their children to suffer “dignitary and financial losses from the invalidation of their marriages.”

Lawyers representing plaintiffs called that argument illogical.

“Applicants cannot simultaneously acknowledge that being stripped of one's marital status causes profound, irreparable harm and yet urge the Court to deprive respondents of the ability to marry and to have their lawful marriages recognized,” they wrote.

The court did not offer a reason for its denial of the application.