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VALE, Oregon -- As of Thursday, there is only one state with a same-sex marriage ban that has not been challenged in federal court: North Dakota.

On Thursday, six couples in South Dakota filed a lawsuit against that state's ban. It challenges both South Dakota's ban on gay marriage, and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states.

A federal judge ruled to overturn Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage last week, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put a hold on allowing marriage licenses to go out to same-sex couples while it looks at an appeal by the governor and attorney general.

Oregon's ban was struck down Monday, with marriages beginning immediately. In some counties, there were lines of couples waiting to get licenses. But in others, like Malheur, there were no same-sex couples applying the first day.

On Thursday afternoon, KTVB called every county clerk's office in Oregon to ask for numbers. The state will not officially track those numbers, and because people are identified as only Party A and Party B , the number will get more difficult to determin. However, in the first week, clerks said they did have a good idea of their exact numbers.

There have been a handful of applicants now in the Malheur County courthouse in Vale: Five same-sex couples got marriage licenses there in the last three days. The clerk's office says all five couples were from Idaho.

As for the rest of the state, a lot of the eastern counties have had no applications. The farther west you go, the more same-sex couples applied.

For example, in Multnomah County, where Portland is, there were 77 the first day. In Lane County, where Eugene is, there were 34 applications in the first two days.

In total, clerks confirmed at least 205 same-sex marriage license applications in Oregon so far.

The South Dakoka lawsuit filed today means cases are currently pending in 30 states with gay marriage bans, including Idaho.








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