Counties Begin Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Again

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Washington and Pulaski County clerks say they are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples wanting to tie the knot.

This, after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday issued a ruling striking down all state laws banning county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, according to the judge’s office.

The ruling came a day after the Arkansas Supreme Court declined to suspend the judge’s previous ruling finding the state’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The high court also ruled, though, that a law banning county clerks from issuing same sex marriage licenses remained in place, and that the judge would have to issue a separate ruling to address that law.

Several Arkansas counties began issuing same sex marriage licenses this week after Piazza’s initial ruling last Friday. By Wednesday, only Washington and Pulaski counties continued issuing the licenses, while other county clerks waited for the state Supreme Court to weigh in the issue.

Shortly after the Supreme Court released an opinion Wednesday, the county clerks for Washington and Pulaski counties announced they would at least temporarily suspend issuing the licenses.

However, as of Friday county clerks began issuing licenses again under the interpretation.

Washington County issued 138 marriage licenses to same sex couples this week.

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12 comments

  • Sarah 1

    Let FREEDOM ring!

    If you agree, fine, and if you don’t, then don’t marry a same gender person.

    How simple is that? Arkansas will become a state who allows its citizens more freedom from ideology.

  • billy

    Its sad that this is what our nation has come to. Keep on pretending this is about freedom. Keep pretending its a good thing. In a few more years anyone who disagrees with homosexuals will be belittled and their freedoms will be trampled down. s

  • Sarah 1

    You have no facts, just innuendo. Freedom should be for everyone not just for those whom you choose.
    Amendments were made to our great Constitution to include giving women the right to vote, abolishing slavery, etc.
    Billy you can’t go home again so please move forward in accepting a new way of thinking. I, for one, am glad to accept people like you Billy no matter your outdated thinking processes. Welcome to the future.

  • atc8824

    I am sick of this being front page headlines on every news station in America.They got their way so why does the news just have to keep on and on and on?

  • FedUp

    I know of no other species that does this. None! It is unnatural behavior. It goes against nature. period.

  • Deathippy

    Unless you were referring to getting married. If that’s the case I would probably agree.

  • billy

    I don’t recall asking for and or caring about your opinion on the subject sara. Time will prove me right and in fact has already begun. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what is going on here. As for your “way of the future” it will be a very short lived future.

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