Judge opens door to gay weddings in Arkansas

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Associated Press

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Updated Saturday, May 10 at 3:06 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has opened the door for gay couples in Arkansas to wed.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday that Arkansas' 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of same-sex couples.

He did not put his ruling on hold as some judges have done in other states. It's possible gay couples could begin seeking marriage licenses Saturday, if they can find a clerk willing to issue them.

In striking down the ban, Piazza wrote that it is "an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality."

State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office said he would appeal the ruling. He's asked Piazza to suspend the decision during that process.

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