Arkansas Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages

The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Arkansas_supremeThe Arkansas Times reports:

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. Video above from Fox 16's David Goins shows one of the last ceremonies at the Pulaski County Courthouse.

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.


  1. Zlick says

    For once, I wish one of these Supreme Courts or Appellate Courts would have the nerve to actually follow the law. None of these cases meet the criteria for issuing a stay pending appeal.

  2. JackFknTwist says

    Let’s not get our nickers in a knot here.
    Many of the lawyers are our gay brothers and sisters and they have to make a buck too.

    All is coming and society will look back and readily identify the crazies and the zealot bigots who stood in the way of human dignity and defiled their own pretence of religion by twisting its tenets…… in, love the sinner, hate the sin.

    Ha, what garbage. What a thin veneer of snide self righteousness.

  3. Retro says

    What a circus. But I would think the couples who were able to get married should have a good case at the federal level if the state tries to void them.

  4. Chris says

    I’m not worried. Judges care about their professional opinions, and to issue a ridiculous ruling that eventually is overturned on appeal is a huge black mark on a judge’s record. Remember, one of the judges in California who was part of the decision that lead to the Prop 8 fiasco is a conservative Republican Roman Catholic who nonetheless ruled in favor of gay marriage.

    This is a delay, which sucks, but the juggernaut that is gay marriage will not be stopped.

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