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Arkansas clerk issues 1st gay marriage license

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Posted: May 10, 2014 10:47 AM
Updated: May 10, 2014 10:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Arkansas, gay, marriage, constitutional amendment

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. - An Arkansas clerk has issued the state's first gay marriage license, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.

Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith.

Judge Chris Piazza in Little Rock on Friday struck down the 2004 ban, saying there was no rational reason for it.

Piazza didn't issue a stay, so local clerks can decide whether to grant licenses. Most Arkansas courthouses are closed Saturdays, but the one at Eureka Springs usually opens to issue marriage licenses.

Arkansas' attorney general asked Piazza to temporarily delay allowing marriages pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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