The Last Same Sex Couple in Arkansas Says I-Do, Before Stay Issued

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay on same-sex marriage in the Natural State, at 4:30 Friday afternoon.  The ruling comes one week after Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge, Chris Piazza, ruled the state's same-sex ban unconstitutional. 

Before the high court's decision, many couples fearing the worst, flocked to the Pulaski County Courthouse.

Hilda Jones and Kerin Hartsell arrived with just six minutes to spare.  It was a tough, emotional wait but they got good news with the clerk's office said their marriage was final.

"We did it, we are legal, we are together," said Hilda.

"It's just amazing.  It's amazing, we thought it would be a lot longer wait, in Arkansas, we figured we might have to travel out of state."

"It's about time," added Kerin.
Lesa Dacus and Kathy Sellers drove in from Jonesboro. 

"We were trying to make it as quick as we could and get here and take care of things and go ahead and be able to get married," said Lesa.

Kathy said it was a quick trip, "That's why I drove 80-85 miles an hour to get here, it's a great day for us."

As the county clerk's doors are now closed to gay marriage certificates, this same sex couples are hoping for a permanent change in Arkansas.

"I just pray the Supreme Court sees that, you know, we deserve equality, we deserve to be treated equally," said Hilda.

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