It’s been a confusing week in Arkansas after a judge last Friday struck down two state bans on gay marriage, but, perhaps inadvertently, left one in place.
Gay couples started getting married — According to AP, 456 gay couples got married in Arkansas this week — then the marriages stopped, and now they’re back on again.
Basically, the judge struck down a state constitutional amendment and a state law banning gay marriage. But he didn’t strike down a separate law that bans county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Once the state supreme court ruled that the judges decision did not cover that third ban, the one covering county clerks, the marriages stopped.
But today the same judge who issued the ruling last Friday, expanded his ruling to also now strike down the law banning county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
And the judge refused to issue a stay pending appeals, which means his decision is the law of the land immediately.
So the marriages are back on!