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11:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Attorney General Again Asks For Stay Of Arkansas Gay Marriage Ruling

An employee with the Pulaski County Clerk's office explains how to fill out paperwork for a marriage license Monday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.

McDaniel's office on Wednesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling against the gay marriage ban is needed because some clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

About 400 licenses have been issued so far, mostly in Pulaski and Washington counties.

McDaniel was responding to a motion to dismiss his appeal of Piazza's Friday ruling. Lawyers challenging the ban said the appeal is premature because no final order has been filed.

McDaniel said he wouldn't object to dismissing the appeal on those grounds if a stay is issued.