Same-Sex Marriage Legalized In Arkansas; Lesbian Couple Are The First To Get Hitched

Never thought you’d see the day when gay marriage was legal in Arkansas, did you?

That’s exactly what happened on Friday, when a circuit court judge in Little Rock stuck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional. The ruling referenced a 2004 amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman; it also applied to a 1997 state law outright banning gay marriage.

AR is the first state in the South where gay marriage is legal. It’s unclear, though, how long this will last: the state’s attorney general asked the State Supreme Court to suspend (“stay”) the ruling this morning. A couple named Kristin Steaton and Jennifer Rambo from Forth Smith were the first same-sex duo in the state to get married on Saturday morning.

Currently, it is up to 75 different county clerks throughout AR to decide on their own whether to issue marriage licenses. Some clerks are refusing to issue the licenses; Little Rock, the largest county in the state, had couples lined up all this morning to apply. Congratulations to all the newlyweds!

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