Gay marriage arrives in Arkansas
Same-sex marriage has arrived in Arkansas. Two women were married today on a sidewalk outside a county courthouse in Eureka Springs, a day after a judge threw out a ban approved by voters 10 years ago. Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo exchanged vows at an impromptu ceremony, officiated by a woman in a rainbow-colored dress. They were the first of about 10 couples to line up outside of the courthouse before it opened.
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.