Saline County no longer issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

SALINE COUNTY (KATV) - Effective immediately, the Saline County Clerk's office will not issue same sex marriage licenses.The Saline County Clerk's office sold a limited number of same sex marriage licenses on Monday with the intention that the office was following state law. Upon the receipt of additional information, it was determined that the recent ruling of the law by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza concerning same sex marriages has become vague and unclear. Until clarification is provided the Saline County Clerk's office will follow the Constitutional Amendment 83 that defines marriage between a man and a woman. This Amendment was passed in 2004 by a margin of 75% of voters. Saline County Clerk Doug Curtis stated, "Elected officials should be empowering voters, not overruling their vote."Marriage licenses will be sold in Saline County to people that meet the qualifications defined in Amendment 83 and the constitutional law of the state of Arkansas.