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Washington County Won't Issue Licenses Without Court Clarification

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The plaintiffs in the original lawsuit that led to a May 9 order lifting the ban on same-sex marriages in Arkansas are now asking Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza to clarify his ruling.
ARKANSAS -- Washington County Clerk confirms the office won't issue marriage licenses to same sex couples Thursday. They are awaiting more clarification from the courts.

Following the Supreme Courts denial of the emergency say on Wednesday, Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza has denied a stay of his May 9 order lifting the ban on same sex marriage in Arkansas.

Judge Piazza's new order essentially declares that all state laws banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

The Pulaski County Clerk's Office has resumed the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses this afternoon after a brief stoppage this morning.

The filing of the motion Thursday morning follows the Arkansas Supreme Court's refusal on Wednesday to grant a stay in the case. The stay denial added to some confusion on the issue because the court pointed to another law, still in place, that prohibits county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

County clerks in the rest of the state never did issue any licenses, citing the upholding of state law.


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