May 10, 2014 11:33 am

First same-sex marriage license issued in Arkansas

A same-sex couple get married at the Oakland County Courthouse on March 22, 2014 in Pontiac, Michigan. A Federal judge overturned Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, March 21, 2014. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. – An Arkansas clerk has issued the southern state’s first gay marriage license, breaking a ban that voters put in place with a constitutional amendment 10 years ago.

Carroll County Clerk Jane Osborn issued a license Saturday morning to Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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Judge Chris Piazza in Little Rock on Friday struck down the 2004 ban, saying there was no rational reason for it.

Piazza didn’t issue a stay, so local clerks can decide whether to grant licenses. Most Arkansas courthouses are closed Saturdays, but the one at Eureka Springs usually opens to issue marriage licenses.

Arkansas’ attorney general asked Piazza to temporarily delay allowing marriages pending an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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