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Court gives gay marriage plaintiffs until Tuesday to respond to stay request

Court gives gay marriage plaintiffs until Tuesday to respond to stay request
Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court
Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court

The Arkansas Supreme Court has responded to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s request of Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling overturning the same-sex marriage ban by giving plaintiffs until noon Tuesday to respond.

The court stopped short of issuing an immediate stay, so for now, marriage licenses will continue to be issued to same-sex couples in at least four counties in Arkansas, at least until tomorrow, according to the Arkansas Times.

As of 1:00 p.m. CDT: Pulaski (Little Rock), Washington (Fayetteville), Marion (Yellville ) and Saline (Benton) counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Carroll County (Eureka Springs) issued 15 licenses to same-sex couples on Saturday and 12 more on Monday morning, but stopped after being served with a lawsuit by a local attorney.

Marion County Clerk Dee Carleton said her office had issued one marriage license to a gay couple by late Monday morning. The clerk’s office said two men from Yellville received the license.

Saline County Chief Deputy Clerk Lisa Montgomery said Monday her office would also issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but that by midday no one had come in.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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