Arkansas Judge To Rule On Lawsuit Over Gay Marriage Licenses

Jun 9, 2015

Judge Wendell Griffin officiates a gay wedding ceremony in the Pulaski County Courthouse on May 12, 2014. It was one of more than 500 gay marriages conducted that week in Arkansas.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A judge says he'll rule in the next two days on whether Arkansas should recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year.

An attorney for two of the couples told Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen that her clients' rights were being deprived by the state not recognizing their marriage licenses.

The state Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering the appeal over a voter-approved same sex marriage ban.

The couples are seeking the recognition so they can enjoy a host of benefits, including filing taxes jointly and enrolling together on state health insurance plans.