Arkansas Clerk Issues State’s First Gay Wedding License

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (May 10, 20) A county clerk in Arkansas issued the state's first gay wedding license Saturday, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.

Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued the license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith.

On Friday Judge Chris Piazza in Little Rock struck down the state’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage, saying there was no rational reason for it.

Piazza didn't issue a stay, so local clerks can decide whether to grant licenses.

Most Arkansas courthouses were closed Saturday, but the one in Eureka Springs usually opens to issue marriage licenses.

Arkansas' attorney general asked Piazza to temporarily delay allowing marriages pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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