The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch effective through Wednesday for much of Arkansas as several rounds of showers and thunderstorms prepare to move into the state over the next few days. Meteorologist Charles Dalton says the risk of flooding is greatest in the western portions of the state, where much of the ground is already saturated from storms late last week.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has asked the state's highest court to suspend a judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.
McDaniel asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that a 2004 constitutional amendment and a 1997 law banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.
Dozens of gay couples have received marriage licenses since Piazza's ruling was issued late Friday afternoon.
McDaniel has already told Piazza he's appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.
The head of a gay rights group is seeking full federal recognition of same-sex couples married in Arkansas.
Gay couples began getting married in the state Saturday and more were lined up to wed Monday. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said the group asked the Department of Justice to recognize the unions. A similar move was extended to Utah couples who married before a gay-marriage ruling was put on hold.
Arkansas' attorney general has filed a notice that he would appeal a judge's ruling that paved the way for this weekend's same-sex marriages.
The court clerk for at least one Arkansas county says she will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the court opens Monday.
The office of Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds released a statement Sunday evening to local media saying it will not be issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage in a decision released Friday. He did not stay his ruling pending appeals, meaning marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples.
State lawyers plan to appeal a judge's decision overturning the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by Arkansas voters in 2004 banning gay marriage. But not before 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in Carroll County.
Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt Saturday, beginning with two women who traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.
Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn says 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in Carroll County.