Need for Stay in Same Sex Marriage Case "Extraordinary," State Tells AR Supreme Court

Need for Stay in Same Sex Marriage Case "Extraordinary," State Tells AR Supreme Court

The Attorney General files motion explaining reasoning behind request.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Attorney General has filed the state's reply to a motion to dismiss its appeal in the same sex marriage case.

In a morning filing Wednesday, Dustin McDaniel's motion (see attached) stated that "the need for a stay is extraordinary because although the Circuit Court's order does not grant injunctive relief."

The filing cites three other reasons for requesting the stay, including:
  • Several circuit clerks are actively issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples
  • Other clerks have concluded that Amendment 83 continues to prohibit the issuance of same sex marriage licenses 
  • Confusion is pervasive
The state's motion says "there are a bevy of unanswered questions that have arisen from the Circuit Court’s order. This confusion and uncertainty supports a stay by this Court."

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision on whether or not to issue the stay is expected at any time.
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