County Clerk Won't Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

May 11, 2014

Dick Titus and Zeek Taylor, who have been a couple for 42 years, were among those who getting marriage licenses Saturday in Eureka Springs.
Credit Kat Wilson / Arkansas Times

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.

Fifteen licenses were issued to same-sex couples in Carroll County on Saturday.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal the ruling to the State Supreme Court.

The statement from Faulkner County says the State Supreme Court must strike down a state law, not a circuit judge.