John M. Becker

BREAKING: Arkansas Supremes Stop Marriages During Appeal

Filed By John M. Becker | May 16, 2014 5:35 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Arkansas, Arkansas Supreme Court, gay marriage, marriage ban, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

arkansas.jpgMinutes ago, the Arkansas Supreme Court stopped further same-sex marriages in the state, issuing a stay on Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last week that struck down the state's marriage discrimination amendment.

The Arkansas Times reports:

It was a one-sentence order without any elaboration granting motions by the state and four counties for a stay.

This will again end the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Arkansas. It's been an on-and-off process in a handful of counties since Saturday, with most of some 500 licenses issued in Pulaski County.

Piazza's decision will now go through the appeal process. A record of the lower court case must be prepared. A briefing schedule must be set and probably oral arguments. The court takes a two-month recess each summer. Even with an expedited schedule, it's uncertain if the case can be decided this calendar year, when two of the current justices -- Cliff Hoofman and Donald Corbin -- will be replaced by Rhonda Wood and the winner of a race between Judge Robin Wynne and Tim Cullen.

The AP reports that marriage licenses have been issued to more than 450 same-sex couples since Piazza's ruling. Further marriages will now be on hold while the state appeals.

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