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      Arkansas clerk issues first gay marriage license

      EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas clerk has issued the state's first gay marriage license, breaking a barrier that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.{}{} {}Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith.{}{} {}Judge Chris Piazza in Little Rock on Friday struck down the 2004 ban, saying there was no rational reason for it.{}{} {}Piazza didn't issue a stay, so local clerks can decide whether to grant licenses. Most Arkansas courthouses are closed Saturdays, but the one at Eureka Springs usually opens to issue marriage licenses.{}{} {}Arkansas' attorney general asked Piazza to temporarily delay allowing marriages pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.
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