Arkansas high court won't stay gay marriage ruling

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request for a stay of a judge's ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The high court on Wednesday turned down the request from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that would have halted the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

But the court also gave no direction to counties about what they should do, saying the circuit judge's ruling had no effect on a state law barring clerks from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Two counties had been issuing licenses despite that prohibition. Pulaski County said it would continue to do so.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza had ruled last week that a voter-approved gay marriage ban was unconstitutional, but didn't issue a stay.

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