Arkansas Supreme Court halts gay marriage ruling

Arkansas' high court granted the state their stay on a judge's ruling that struck down all laws banning same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and four counties collectively asked the state's Supreme Court to suspend Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling while Arkansas appeals the decision, reports The Associated Press.

The highest court in the state initially refused to issue a stay when asked earlier in the week, but effectively did anyway when they revealed Piazza forgot to strike down all anti-gay marriage laws in the state. He forgot to strike down a law that kept county clerks from handing out marriage licenses.

Piazza realized in his haste to rule Arkansas' 2004 state amendment unconstitutional, he forgot to strike down all state laws. He corrected that issue on Thursday, saying that anything that prevented same-sex marriage was struck down immediately and refused to stay the decision pending appeal.

Despite the ruling again paving the way for gay couples to get married, only Pulaski and Washington county were willing to issue marriage licenses for a short period before the Supreme Court granted a stay.

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