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LITTLE ROCK — 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.

"Other clerks have concluded that Amendment 83 continues to prohibit the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses," Assistant Attorney General Colin R. Jorgensen wrote in the response from McDaniel's office. "Confusion is pervasive, and this Court should exercise its superintending authority over circuit courts to issue a stay."

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.

A spokesman for the state Supreme Court said it wasn't clear when a decision on the stay would come.


State response to motion to dismiss gay marriage ruling appeal


Arkansas Online contributed to this story

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  • Dontcallmenames
    May 14, 2014 at 11:25 a.m.

    According to natural law, the State has the duty to uphold public morality. This does not mean that the State must enforce the practice of every virtue and proscribe the practice of every vice, as supposedly attempted by the ayatollahs of today. Rather, it means that, when legislating on moral matters, the government must decide when something directly affects the common good, and then legislate so as to favor virtue and obstruct vice.

    Since homosexuality, adultery, prostitution and pornography undermine the foundations of the family, the basis of society, the State is entitled to use its coercive power to proscribe or curtail them in the interests of the common good.

  • TheBatt
    May 14, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

    Arkansas Supreme Court is failing in their duty to take action - even if it were to deny the stay request - by remaining silent, they are adding to the confusion and trouble. Sigh...

  • Popsmith
    May 14, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

    I wonder if anyone reads these comments.

  • T6
    May 14, 2014 at 11:55 a.m.

    Dontcallmenames...... If the objective is to destroy society then you destroy the traditional family.

  • skhemer
    May 14, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.

    im just waiting to here about the first gay divorce

  • ArkansasHawk
    May 14, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

    If Pulaski County and the others that issued license had no clerical issues, then why would the others? The Judge said do it, they did, now all the others need to do it as well.

  • pauljohnson
    May 14, 2014 at 7:35 p.m.

    McDaniel, McDaniel. Are you still talking out of both sides of your mouth? Make up your mind. I will bet you don't have a clue how many gay and lesbian voters are in Arkansas. Enlighten yourself!!!!