Thursday, May 15, 2014

Marriage Equality Back On In Arkansas, Off (For Now) In Idaho

Although judges have struck down the laws banning marriage equality in Idaho and Arkansas in the last week, the status of marriage equality in each jurisdiction is in different states of flux in these two states.

The 9th U.S. Circuit has issued a stay in the case of Latta v. Otter which will prevent the judge's order from going into effect on Friday until the 9th Circuit formally considers the request for a more permanent stay tha would last the duration of the period it takes to decide the appeal from the state of the ruling allowing marriage equality to go into effect in Idaho.

In Arkansas, same-sex couples have been able to get married since last Saturday but after the Arkansas State Supreme Court refused to issue a stay to stop those marriages but noted that the original order did not invalidate the state law which prohibited clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples marriages had stopped in the state. The judge responded by issuing a new order today making it clear that any prohibition on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples is null and void, resulting in Arkansas's largest county (Pulaski) to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Exciting times in deed!

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