Jody May-Chang greets a friend as couples gather at the Ada County Courthouse in Idaho to apply for same-sex marriage licences, moments before the ruling. Photograph: Patrick Sweeney/Reuters

The US supreme court has temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling on same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada that would have allowed gay couple(...)

Demonstrators with opposing views rally  in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington for a second day running as it convenes to tackle the issue of gay marriage and hears arguments over the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

US Supreme Court justices have indicated interest in striking down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. (...)