Arkansas Clerk Will Resign Rather Than Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Jun 29, 2015

File photo of a couple preparing to fill out an application for a marriage license at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock in May 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective June 30 because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said Monday she has notified the county judge of her plans to resign. She says she has a moral objection to issuing the marriage licenses following Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriages nationwide. She said the decision to leave the post after 24 years was not made out of hate.

Office officials say no same-sex marriage licenses had been issued as of Monday afternoon.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday clerks have a "duty to follow the law." Representatives from the Association of Arkansas Counties and the Association of County Clerks say they are unaware of any other clerks planning to resign.