Judge Chris Piazza has struck down a ban on gay marriage in Arkansas. This opens the door for gay couples to marry and is a huge deal in this state. On Friday, US News shared the information about this ban being lifted and how it may not last.
There is an amendment in Arkansas that basically says that it is only constitutional for a man and a woman to marry. Judge Chris Piazza doesn't agree with this though and said it is unconstitutional and violates the rights of same-sex couples. The thing is other people in the state have mixed feelings.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is confusing everyone as he says that he supports gay marriage but that he also wants the ban to stay in effect. That is really confusing and makes everyone unsure what his real stance on the subject is or if he plans to try to keep this ban in effect.
McDaniel said, "I want to tell you I do support marriage equality and I do believe Arkansans should have the right to be equal in the eyes of the law." He went on saying, "I'm going to zealously defend our constitution, but at the same time I think it's important to let people where I stand on the matter."
At this time, it doesn't look like any gay marriages will happen yet in Arkansas. The offices are closed today and they are reporting they are not ready to start handing out marriage licenses since they haven't been contacted yet about how it will work and the official ruling.