Gay Marriage Availability Unclear In 2 Arkansas Counties

Jul 1, 2015

File photo of a same-sex couple getting married at the Pulaski County Courthouse in May 2014.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

At least two Arkansas counties have not issued same-sex marriage licenses as clerks with religious objections struggle to comply with state and federal orders.

Cleburne and Randolph county officials said Wednesday that they haven't had gay couples seek licenses, but it's unclear if any such request would be granted.

The Cleburne County clerk resigned Tuesday after voicing objections to Friday's Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. County Judge Jerry Holmes says it's unclear if deputy clerks will issue licenses to gay couples.

Randolph County Clerk Rhonda Blevins said Wednesday she wasn't sure if she would issue licenses to gay couples and is seeking direction from God.

The Yell County clerk considered resigning but says she decided to stay because her departure wouldn't change the ruling.