Justices gave both sides until midday Tuesday to file arguments.Seventy of the state’s 75 clerks have not granted licenses.Carroll County, home to the town of Eureka Springs and known for its arts environment and liberal policies, issued 15 licenses to same-sex couples Saturday but stopped Monday to await word from the state’s high court.The 2004 gay-marriage ban passed in all 75 counties, but fared poorest around Eureka Springs, Fayetteville and Little Rock — where the bulk of the licenses have been issued. — More than 200 gay couples obtained Arkansas marriage licenses Monday after a judge tossed out the state’s 10-year-old same-sex marriage ban, but only at a handful of courthouses as an overwhelming majority of county clerks in this part of the Bible Belt said they first wanted the state Supreme Court to weigh in.Attorney General Dustin Mc Daniel — who recently announced his personal support for same-sex marriage rights but said he would defend the law — filed paperwork Monday to at least temporarily preserve the ban, which voters approved by a 3-to-1 margin.
Andrew in Little Rock, said Catholics need to look beyond the culture and what the Church teaches about sex outside of marriage.
A handful of clerks, including one who granted licenses Monday, filed a stay request saying the judge’s decision didn’t address a law that threatens clerks with fines for “wrongful issuance of a marriage license.” With the weddings Saturday and Monday, Arkansas became the 18th state to allow same-sex marriages, and the first among former states of the Confederacy.
“On our licenses, it automatically prints ‘Mr.’ and I told the girls just to change that to ‘Ms.'” said Becky Lewallen, the county clerk in Washington County, which is home to the University of Arkansas. A Pulaski County circuit judge tossed out the 2004 constitutional amendment, along with a 1997 state law, after business hours Friday.
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