Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Same-sex marriages begin in Arkansas but AG wants Supreme Court opinion

See also

After business hours of Friday afternoon, a judge in Arkansas struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage. Come Monday, people began lining up to become the first receipts of a same-sex marriage certificates in the state. However, as the happy unions begin, the Attorney General is looking to get the ruling that allows residents to do so overturned.

On Monday, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to stay the ruling made by Judge Chris Piazza. According to the Associated Press, McDaniel has stated that he supports gay marriage. However, for the state of Arkansas, he has vowed to uphold the ban.

As licenses were being issued, the head of the Human Rights Campaign said that his organization will now seek recognition on the federal level for couples married in Arkansas. The very first couple to receive a license in Little Rock, Ark., went to a couple actually living in Dallas, but who met at Southern Arkansas University in 1985.

After McDaniel requested that Judge Piazza issue a stay and the judge did not oblige, it came down to the 75 county clerks to ultimately decide whether they would or would not issue licenses to same-sex couples. In several cases, Arkansas counties have refused to issue the licenses, saying they need further guidance from the state’s highest court.

Judge Piazza made the decision in the Third Division Circuit Court of Pulaski County. A Faulkner County civil attorney noted that this kind of decision must be made only by the state’s Supreme Court.

Now, as they have in so many other states, many marriages may hang in the balance while the state courts decide whether or not they will lift the ban and recognize same-sex marriages.

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza conflict
    Israel official: Ceasefire and expanding Gaza conflict are both being discussed
    Video
    Video
  • Air Algerie crash
    Conflicting reports about the Air Algerie disappearance begin to emerge
    Top News
  • Arizona execution
    A Senator familiar with torture denounces Joseph Wood's botched execution as such
    US News
  • Ray Rice suspended
    Ravens' running back Ray Rice is suspended for two games for a domestic violence arrest
    Sports
  • Amazon tribe falls ill
    An Amazonian tribe catches influenza after making first contact with the developed world
    Headlines
  • CIA prison in Poland
    Poland is declared guilty of human rights violations for hosting a secret CIA prison
    Video
    Video

Related Videos: