Around 10:30 this morning, clerks at Carroll Country courthouses in Arkansas were ordered to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the Eureka Springs Independent reports.
The reason: Some bizarre, slightly confusing, far-fetched technicality that probably won’t last very long.
“This office was notified this morning by Mike Rainwater that there was a law left on the books prohibiting a county clerk from issuing a marriage license to persons of the same gender,” the office of Carroll Country Prosecuting Attorney, Tony Rogers, said in a press release. “This law was not addressed by Judge Piazza, and because of this, we advised the county clerk to stop selling marriage licenses to person of the same gender.”
In other words: Same-sex couples can get married, but it’s illegal for clerks in Carroll Country to actually issue marriage licenses to them.
Sounds like a stall tactic to us.
Larry Crane, one of the defendants in the case which led to Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage being overturned, told Eureka Springs Independent: “I personally don’t think that’s a problem. Judge Piazza’s ruling is a mandate to me to issue marriage licenses irrespective of gender.”
Crane told the paper that he was confident everything will be cleared up eventually, but made it clear “the answer probably won’t be immediate.”
In other news, some Arkansas meteorologists are predicting a forecast of “cloudy with a chance of locust showers followed by global flooding.”