Arkansas high court won't stay same-sex marriage ban ruling

By CHRISTINA HUYNH Associated Press Published:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request to put on hold a ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage, but it appears that unions between same-sex couples may stop anyway.

The high court Wednesday turned down the request from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to halt same-sex marriage licenses.

The court gave no direction to counties about what they should do, instead pointing them to a separate state law that bars clerks from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Two counties had kept issuing licenses earlier Wednesday despite that prohibition; the state's largest county said it would stop after initially saying it would continue.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled last week that a voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional.

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