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Judge clarifies Arkansas gay marriage ban ruling, Pulaski County to again issue licenses

By Kyle Johnson,

A judge in Arkansas clarified his ruling on the state's gay marriage ban on Thursday, stating that all state laws on the subject were unconstitutional, which will again allow for marriage licenses to be issued to gay couples.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza initially ruled late last week that the state's amendment banning gay marriage was unconstitutional and refused to issue a stay on the decision.

The move left some county clerks confused as to whether they could legally issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples due to other state laws prohibiting them from doing so. Some refused, while others began issuing them on Saturday.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked for a stay of the decision, but the state's Supreme Court refused, but said until Piazza ruled on whether all state laws on the matter were struck down, marriage licenses could not be issued.

On Thursday, the judge finally clarified his somewhat confusing initial ruling, saying that all state laws that would prevent gay couples from marrying were to be struck down immediately, reported The Associated Press. He again would not stay the decision.

Pulaski County, which is Arkansas' largest county said that marriage licenses would be shortly available again for any couple who wished to get married. No word on when the others will begin to follow suit.

 
 

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