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Arkansas Clerk Issues 1st Gay Marriage License

Updated: 05/10/2014 7:57 PM
Created: 05/10/2014 10:26 AM KSTP.com

An Arkansas clerk has issued the state's first gay marriage license, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.
    
Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith.
    
Judge Chris Piazza in Little Rock on Friday struck down the 2004 ban, saying there was no rational reason for it.
    
Piazza didn't issue a stay, so local clerks can decide whether to grant licenses. Most Arkansas courthouses are closed Saturdays, but the one at Eureka Springs usually opens to issue marriage licenses.
    
Arkansas' attorney general asked Piazza to temporarily delay allowing marriages pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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In this Thursday, April 17, 2014, spectators watch proceedings in Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's courtroom at the Pulaski County Court House in Little Rock, Ark. A judge on Friday, May 9, 2014, struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage.
Photo: AP/ Danny Johnston

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