Same-Sex Marriages Stopped in Arkansas
The State Supreme Court has suspended a judge’s ruling striking down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, halting the issuance of licenses that have been obtained by hundreds of gay couples.This story has just begun.
The court on Friday granted a request to suspend the decision of Judge Chris Piazza of the Pulaski County Circuit Court voiding a 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Judge Piazza last week struck down the ban, but expanded that ruling on Thursday to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying.
Five counties named in the lawsuit asked the justices to stay Judge Piazza’s ruling while it is on appeal. More than 540 same-sex couples received marriage licenses since Judge Piazza’s ruling last week, but the validity of those licenses remained uncertain.