Judge Clears Way for Gay Marriages to Begin Again in Arkansas

Yesterday the Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban because it wasn't a final ruling. It also denied a request for an emergency stay of the ruling. But marriages were unable to continue because Piazza's ruling didn't mention another statute prohibiting clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

PiazzaThat has now been fixed, and marriages can begin again as Piazza has struck all bans, The AP reports:

A day after the state Supreme Court effectively halted gay marriages in the state, Pulaski County 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.

Said Piazza: "A stay would operate to further damage Arkansas families and deprive them of equal access to the rights associated with marriage status in this state."