John M. Becker

Marriage Watch: Go in Arkansas, Pause in Idaho

Filed By John M. Becker | May 15, 2014 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Arkansas, gay marriage, Idaho, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

roller-coaster.jpgHere's the latest on today's marriage equality roller coaster --

Arkansas

Here's the clarification we were waiting for, via the AP:

A judge cleared the way on Thursday for gay marriages to resume in Arkansas, striking down all state laws that prevent same-sex couples from wedding.

A day after the state Supreme Court effectively halted gay marriages in the state, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza expanded his ruling striking down a constitutional ban to also include the prohibition on clerks issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Justices had ruled Wednesday that Piazza's decision on the gay marriage ban did not change that license law.

Piazza also rejected a request to suspend his ruling, saying there's no evidence the state would be harmed by allowing gay marriages to continue.

Pulaski County is now issuing marriage licenses again.

Idaho

Same-sex couples in the Gem State hoping to marry tomorrow will have to wait a little while longer. The Idaho Statesman reports:

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's request for a temporary stay while it considers the state's request for a longer stay pending appeal of the lower court's ruling overturning Idaho same-sex marriage ban.

"The district court's May 13, 2014 order is temporarily stayed pending this court's disposition of appellants' emergency motions for a stay pending appeal," declared the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an order released shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday.

The temporary stay will remain in effect until the 9th Circuit Court decides whether to issue a full stay pending appeal.

Translation: it's a temporary stay while they consider whether to grant a longer one that lasts for the duration of Governor Butch Otter's appeal.

As usual, stay tuned...


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