Arkansas Governor Selects Three Justices For Gay Marriage Case

Apr 14, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has selected a former Supreme Court justice, a circuit judge and a Searcy attorney to help decide a case related to the challenge over the state's gay marriage ban.

Hutchinson on Tuesday named former Justice Betty Dickey, Circuit Judge Shawn Womack and attorney Brett Watson as special justices to a case that centers on which justices can participate in the gay marriage appeal.

The court has said a dispute over whether a newly elected justice or a special justice appointed last year can participate must be resolved before the gay marriage case can proceed.

A Pulaski County judge last year struck down the state's gay marriage ban, and more than 500 same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses before the Supreme Court suspended his ruling.