Marriage in Arkansas

_C1_4961Same-sex marriage came to Washington County, Ark., this morning, following a state judge’s ruling Friday overturning the state’s gay marriage ban.

Dozens of couples were waiting when the county courthouse opened its doors. I have a full story running tomorrow, but I can tell you the crowd was a mass of happy tears and cheering and hugs and laughing.

Many questions remain: The attorney general is appealing the decision, most counties are saying the decision doesn’t affect them, and the Arkansas Supreme Court could issue a stay at any moment. A stay would likely invalidate these marriages and prevent more marriages for weeks while the court considers the state’s ban.

The couples getting married were aware of all of this, which gave the rapid-fire marriages some urgency. But for the moment they were happy to be together.

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Thanks for looking, and the best of luck to everyone.

Dan

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