Little Rock, Ark. • The Arkansas attorney general's office on Wednesday again pressed the state's highest court to suspend a judge's decision striking down a gay marriage ban, saying the ruling last week has led to "pervasive" confusion among clerks about whether they can grant licenses to same-sex couples.
Responding to a request filed by lawyers for gay couples seeking the dismissal of his appeal, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office asked the court to suspend Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down a 2004 constitutional amendment approved by voters and a similar 1997 state law. Piazza ruled Friday that the prohibition violates the U.S. and Arkansas constitution.
About 400 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples since Piazza's ruling. Only Pulaski and Washington, two of the state's most populous counties, were still issuing licenses to gay couples, and clerks in both locations said they would do so until a Supreme Court order told them otherwise.