Pulaski Clerk Updates Quorum Court on Gay Marriage

By DREW PETRIMOULX | dpetrimoulx@kark.com

Published 05/13 2014 10:30PM

Updated 05/14 2014 08:07AM

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Directly stating his personal feelings supporting gay marriage, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane defended his decision to continue issuing same sex marriage licenses.

"I believe that a majority can't exercise tyranny against the minority of a fundamental right," said Crane.  

Crane was asked to speak before the Pulaski County Quorum Court by Justice of the Peace, Shane Stacks.

Stacks says he worries about what will happen to the status of gay marriages if the ban is put back in place.

But, Crane said it's not just his personal opinion that continuing to issue same sex marriage licenses is the right thing to do, it's also the legal advice of his lawyer.

"[My lawyer] advised me that it is his opinion that I am required to obey the judge's order," explained Crane. 

Pulaski County is one of only two counties across the state continuing to issue gay marriage licenses while awaiting a possible stay from the state Supreme Court.

"Some of those counties have decided not to issue," Crane said.  "That was on the advice of their council.  I'm working on the advice of my council, and we'll see how it all turns out."

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