AG again asks for stay of gay marriage ruling
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.
McDaniel's office on Wednesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling against the gay marriage ban is needed because some clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
About 400 licenses have been issued so far, mostly in Pulaski and Washington counties.
McDaniel was responding to a motion to dismiss his appeal of Piazza's Friday ruling. Lawyers challenging the ban said the appeal is premature because no final order has been filed.
McDaniel said he wouldn't object to dismissing the appeal on those grounds if a stay is issued.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.