McDaniel Asks AR Supreme Court for Stay in Gay-Marriage Ruling

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel filed a motion Monday asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to issue a stay of a Pulaski County judge’s ruling throwing out the state’s ban on same sex marriage.

In a four-page motion, McDaniel cited the U.S Supreme Court granting stays in other same-sex marriage cases.

“The Supreme Court grants a stay if there is a “fair prospect that a majority of the Court will vote to reverse the judgement below.  Thus as a matter of law, the Supreme Court has already indicated the likelihood that the Supreme Court will ultimately affirm state marriage laws such as Amendment 83 and Act 144 of 1997,” the pleading reads.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza issued a ruling Friday overturning Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

McDaniel also filed a motion for an emergency stay with Piazza late Friday.  It’s unclear whether the judge will make a decision on granting or denying the motion.

Dozens of same-sex couples lined up Monday morning at the Pulaski County Courthouse to receive marriage licenses.  As of 10am, more than 100 couples had received marriage licenses with more couples in line, according to the Pulaski County Clerk’s office.

The Arkansas Supreme Court did not indicate when it would rule on the state’s motion for emergency stay.

Stay with FOX16 News and for updates throughout the day for the latest updates on litigation surrounding gay marriage in Arkansas.

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