BOISE -- Idaho's struggle with the same-sex marriage ban recently unfolded in Utah.

They went through a similar process just a few months ago.

On December 20, 2013, same-sex marriage became legal in Utah, and 16 days later, it wasn't.

Hundreds of couples in Utah now wait for the final decision, including Nicole Christensen and Natalie Dicou.

To be able to stand in front of our family and friends and make that commitment to each other, a lifetime commitment that we would honor and protect each other meant the world to me and Natalie, said Christensen.

As soon as a federal judge in Utah declared an amendment banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional, Christensen and Dicou raced to the courthouse.

The emotions were overwhelming and it felt so surreal when the mayor declared us married, I almost forgot what was happening, I just thought this can't be real, said Christensen.

And it turns out, in a way, it wasn't.

Just 16 days later, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state's emergency application for a stay, which basically blocked any future same-sex marriages in Utah.

When the stay came down and our marriage was put on hold by the state, it definitely felt like we were on an emotional rollercoaster, Christensen. Was our marriage on hold? Was all the insurance paperwork that we had put through, was that gonna still go through? What was happening?

The amendment in Utah passed in 2004 was similar to the one passed in Idaho in 2006.

The reason the judge struck it down was similar as well, citing a violation of the 14th Amendment.

But now, for hundreds of couples in Utah, their once legal marriage is now in limbo.

It is not recognized in Utah, no it's not, but we have that piece of paper and that is framed on our wall in our living room, and we remember that day, and we remember how special it was to us, and we'll never forget those memories and we cherish them, said Christensen.

What happened next is familiar as well, since Gov. Butch Otter has appealed the ruling and is also in the process of filing for a stay that could put a similar hold on same-sex marriages in Idaho.

It's been a painful and confusing four months for couples in Utah, as they continue to wait for their state's supreme court to decide whether they'll honor marriages like Christensen's.

If you want to get married, don't wait one minute, go down to that courthouse, wait in line, it's worth it, that marriage certificate is work the wait, said Christensen.

Christensen says she's hoping the decision in Utah will come in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, late Wednesday afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected a stay request, which means Arkansas will not stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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