Benton Co. Clerk Will Not Issue Same Sex Marriage Licenses

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The County Clerk of Benton County will not issue marriage licenses to same sex couples pending being ordered to do so by a court, according to a news release.

If the law requires it, the County Clerk will issue the licenses, the release states. Until a court having jurisdiction over the County Clerk of Benton County makes a determination similar to that made by the Pulaski County Circuit Court, Amendment 83 remains binding in Benton County and will be respected, the release states.

The County Clerk of Benton County’s decision follows a ruling by a Pulaski County judge on Friday that struck down Arkansas’ same-sex marriage ban, saying the “hatred and fears” of previous years have vanished concerning prohibited marriages.

Judge Chris Piazza delivered the ruling in the case of Wright vs. Arkansas, which challenged the state statute passed in 1997 and placed into the Arkansas Constitution. The statute, which was approved by voters in 2004, prohibited same-sex couples from marrying and forbid the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions, according to a statement released Friday by the Human Rights Campaign.

In his ruling, Piazza referenced a past civil rights case involving Mildred Loving, a black woman who was imprisoned for marrying a white man.

“It has been over 40 years since Mildred Loving was given the right to marry the person of her choice. The hatred and fears have long since vanished and she and her husband lived full lives together,” Piazza wrote in his ruling. “So it will be for the same-sex couples. It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters.”

16 comments

  • Larry

    Why do gays need to flaunt their gayness in front of everyone? Normal people don’t seem to have the need to do such.

    • BobN

      Indeed. And you just know their librul friends will start copying them and start buying wedding dresses and tuxedos and insisting on having weddings in public places like churches and big parties afterwards. It’s just disgusting….

    • Lisa Tulip

      Right. Because Heteros don’t show affection in public or live together or get married.

      I have never seen a Hetero couple portrayed in movies or TV or media of any kind; they keep that too themselves, as they should.

      They have no need to “flaunt” their “straightness”.

      (in case you are as ignorant as your comment implies, this is what is called “Sarcasm”. )

      Sarcasm — n
      1. mocking, contemptuous, or ironic language intended to convey scorn or insult

    • deepec6

      No one is flaunting. People who are discriminated against are simply standing up for their rights. I applaud them for their bravery. It is hard to stand up to bigotry.

    • Allen Alberson

      No hetero couples never flaunt their love in silly public things called marriage.

      and yes it has been abberent behavior for thousands of years. Like being left handed. Or having green eyes, or red hair

    • Jonathan

      The last I checked I’ve never ‘flaunted’ my gayness to anyone. People like you are overly interested in it (which is weird) and for some reason care if I marry the man I love. I could honestly care less about your life and what you do with it. Also, I am a normal person.

  • Trella the Dyke

    “Flaunting” happiness? Listen, bigot, get over your stupidity. I guess you have no one to love or to share your happiness with. You are not normal.

  • C R

    Someone needs to fax the judge’s order to them as well as email them the order. The County Clerk obviously didn’t understand the order or talked to any legal counsel before releasing the statement.

  • Larry

    There is a reason it is called aberrant behavior. And that my friend dates back thousands of years. You would think gays had invented a cure for cancer or something.

      • Larry

        No, I don’t think that is a problem. I just don’t have the need for the entire world to confirm my sexuality.

  • Keith Martin

    I am really disappointed that Benton County which our school district is a part of has decided to take this stance! As an educator, I make sure we teach all of our students to be tolerant of all regardless of race, creed, or sexual orientation through our curriculum. Let’s fight this stupid problem of prejudice and just get along with each other. Don’t we owe it to our children and the citizens of Benton County?

    • deepec6

      I agree with you. I am ashamed of my county for not just stepping forward and doing the right thing.I cannot believe I live in such a hateful, bigoted, backwards place. and yes, that is what it is right now.

  • Freddy

    Eh, this doesn’t surprise me, especially coming from Benton County. The fight remains long my brothers and sisters, but we will persevere!

  • Tired of the Rednecks

    There are always going to be people to discriminate against, isn’t there?

    Do you ever wonder when the Lord looks down from heaven if His people are loving everyone or are they just looking down their nose at others. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful society if we could accept each other’s differences both legally and with respect, as long as they are not breaking the law?

    I don’t like firearms but I sure as shooting wouldn’t take anyone’s firearms away from them. If two women or two men want to get married,what has that got to do with me and my rights? NONE.

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