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HSC sticks by Amendment 83

May 13, 2014

Sandy Boyette, county clerk

The Hot Spring County Clerk’s will not be granting same-sex marriage licenses. The class action suit does not apply to Hot Spring County, stated County Attorney Randy Ohm. HSC is still under Amendment 83, which is Arkansas’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. HSC will wait on the Supreme Court’s decision.

Chris Piazza who is the Circuit Judge in Pulaski County really got the ball rolling for the marriages Friday, with a ruling that removed a 10-year-old obstacle. Piazza says that a constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004 banning gay marriage was “an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality.” Piazza’s ruling also overturned a 1997 state law banning gay marriage.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked Piazza to suspend his ruling, McDaniel said on Saturday, he intends to place an appeal and he wants the state Supreme Court to handle the matter.
There was no stay issued on this matter, which means that 75 Arkansas County Clerks were left to surmise for themselves on whether they would be granting marriage licenses or not.

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