State Asks for Stay of May 9 Same Sex Marriage Ruling

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The State of Arkansas is asking for an immediate stay of the May 9 ruling that ended the state's same-sex marriage ban.

The ruling, by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza, has touched off the issuance of marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples in some Arkansas counties. So far, only a few counties are issuing the licenses, including: Carroll*, Marion, Pulaski and Washington.

The Arkansas Attorney General's (AG) Office this morning filed its request with the Arkansas Supreme Court, stating that "the Circuit Court's order should be stayed while this Court considers the State's appeal, in order to avoid confusion and uncertainty about the effect of the Circuit Court's order on Arkansas marriage law."

The AG's filing states that circuit clerks across Arkansas are uncertain about whether they are required to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, pursuant to the Circuit Court's order, or required to refrain from doing so, pursuant to Amendment 83.

The filing also states that on Friday, minutes after the Circuit Court's ruling at 4:51 p.m., the state filed a motion requesting a stay from the Circuit Court, but the Circuit Court has not ruled on the request.

*Carroll had been issuing the licenses but stopped by mid-morning on Monday.

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