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Carroll County, Ark., stops issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Report: Action comes after county is served with lawsuit from a local attorney
Monday, May 12, 2014
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Fifteen same-sex couples were granted marriage licenses at the Carroll County Courthouse Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark.AP

Fifteen same-sex couples were granted marriage licenses at the Carroll County Courthouse Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark.

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. — After issuing marriage licenses to 15 same-sex couples on Saturday, and about a dozen on Monday, the Carroll County clerk’s office says it will now just issue licenses that include a man and a woman.

Carroll County clerks offices in Berryville and Eureka Springs said Monday they were no longer granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Deputy clerks in both locations referred questions to County Clerk Jamie Correia. She couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Berryville office said Monday it had issued one marriage license to a gay couple. The Eureka Springs office referred all questions to Correia.

A Pulaski County judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban on gay marriages, but didn’t issue a stay of his order. Clerks in Arkansas 75 counties differ on the impact of the judge’s ruling.


Update: Local reports indicate the action comes after the county was served with a lawsuit from a local attorney.

Developing story, check back for updates.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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