Hundreds of Gay Couples File into Pulaski County, Arkansas Courthouse for Marriage Licenses: VIDEO

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Hundreds of gay couples are filing into the Pulaski County Arkansas courthouse as we speak to be issued marriage licenses.

The Arkansas Times writes:

County Clerk Larry Crane plans to issue them under Judge Chris Piazza's ruling last week.

Most counties in Arkansas will not be issuing licenses, relying on legal guidance that — if the counties were not defendants in the case (only six were) — and absent a direct order to cease discriminatory practices, the state ban remains in place in those counties. At least one county that IS a defendant — Lonoke — apparently has announced it will not issue licenses. 

Several counties hoped to raise an objection about lack of proper software as a delaying tactic in hopes a court will stay the order. But even the county attorney in Republican Benton County, while claiming exemption for that county because it isn't a defendant, said claiming lack of software was a poor excuse. The counties could simply return to using paper and typewriters as they did in the pre-computer days. Perhaps a request for a contempt of court order would get Lonoke's attention.

More from the Benton County Clerk:

Benton County Clerk Tena O'Brien said Benton County was not a party to the Pulaski County case. She said until a court having jurisdiction over Benton County makes a determination similar to that made by the Pulaski County Circuit Court, Amendment 83 remains binding in Benton County and will be respected.

The county clerk said the decision is not a stance against gay marriage. She said if the law requires it, she will issue the licenses.

Watch a brief Instagram video of inside the courthouse, AFTER THE JUMP...

Arkansas native and HRC head Chad Griffin is on hand: