Gay marriage in Arkansas
Several same-sex couples received marriage licenses from a county in Arkansas on Saturday, the morning after a judge held the Southern state’s ban on gay marriage to be unconstitutional. More than a dozen similar rulings have been handed down across the country since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last summer that same-sex couples were entitled to some of the same protections as opposite-sex pairs. The bans related to gay marriage, though overturned, have remained in place as the legal appeals continue their way through the courts. But like judges in Utah and Michigan, the county circuit judge in Arkansas who made the finding of unconstitutionality didn’t immediately stay his decision. That allowed the same-sex marriage licenses to be issued. More