Supreme Court Issues Stay on Gay Marriage Ban Ruling

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay of a May 15 lower court order that clarified a May 9 order from the same court that lifted the state's ban on same sex marriage.

That means the issuing of marriage licenses for same sex couples is now on hold until the justices can fully consider the case.

The high court will now decide how the state proceeds with the granting of marriage licenses for same sex couples.

After the May 9 order came down, five counties (Carroll, Marion, Pulaski, Saline, and Washington) began issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

By Tuesday, that number dwindled to two, Pulaski and Washington, and the next day only to one (Pulaski). However, today, Conway County started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

Since Saturday, hundreds of same sex couples have been granted the licenses and have held wedding ceremonies.

The granting of the stay does not invalidate any of the marriage licenses issued since the May 9 ruling.BREAKING: The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay in gay marriage case, halting additional same-sex marriages.

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