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What does the same sex marriage ban mean for Craighead Co.?

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Monday could be a big day for same sex couples in Craighead County. 

Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday said on Monday they will know whether they can issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.

On Friday, Little Rock Judge Chris Piazza struck down the same-sex marriage ban. He said there was no rational reason for it.

Arkansas' attorney general Dustin McDaniel asked for a temporarily delay pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

"Hoping that over the course of today we will actually get some clarity on some of those issues," said Holliday. "There is still some legal questions and we just want to make sure that we are in the place to do what the law says Monday morning."

Holliday said this is a developing issue they will face head on.

It was just a week ago that McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.

McDaniel is requesting a "stay" or a temporary delay in issuing licenses to give county clerks a little more time to prepare.

"A stay would allow us some additional time to prepare to make sure this is implemented correctly and properly but we will make sure we implement whatever the law is as it stands,"Holliday said. 

But right now clerks have the option to decide whether to issue the licenses. Clerks around the state recently had a conference call to discuss their options.

"Basically it just dealt with questions on whether it deals with just the counties named in that lawsuit or is it for the whole state," he said. 

 

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