Why Carroll County Stopped Issuing Same Sex Marriage Licenses

Published 05/13 2014 12:40PM

Updated 05/13 2014 03:50PM

Line for marriage licenses for same sex couples in Eureka Springs on May 10.
Line for marriage licenses for same sex couples in Eureka Springs on May 10.
CARROLL COUNTY, AR - The Carroll County Clerk's Office is revealing why it abruptly stopped issuing same sex marriage licenses after doing so on Saturday and part of the morning on Monday.

Full details were issued in the following news release:
County Clerk Jamie Correia has received numerous phone calls from media both locally, state and even nationally. Correia stated that her office followed legal protocol from the state of Arkansas.

Licenses for same sex marriages were issued on Saturday because the state statutes had been overturned by a court in Little Rock. As of Monday morning the legal counsel for our risk management fund, attorney Mike Rainwater, along with the county attorney, called and advised the county clerks to stop issuing the licenses for same sex marriage because a statute prohibiting county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples was not addressed in Judge Piazza's order.

"I was very proud of my staff who has dealt with a great deal of stress and indecision in the last few days. Our job is to serve all of the public according to the laws of Arkansas," Correia said. "The county clerk's office follows state statutes. Our staff followed the laws on Saturday and followed the directions of the directors in Little Rock, our job is to follow these statutes and not make any judgments."

If the time comes that we are informed that the licenses are to be resumed, we will do so immediately.

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