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Faulkner County will not issue same-sex marriage licenses despite Judge Piazza's ruling

Faulkner County will not issue same-sex marriage licenses despite Judge Piazza's ruling

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FAULKNER COUNTY (KATV)—Despite Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's final ruling, Faulkner County will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

An attorney representing County Clerk Melinda Reynolds says Reynolds is not a defendant in the current case before the State Supreme Court. Since Reynolds is no longer a defendant in the case her attorney says she does not have a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Until the Supreme Court tells her otherwise, gay and lesbian couples will not be getting married in Faulkner County.

“Their refusing to do it, but I promise you Robert and I will be the first couple at that courthouse as soon as it's legal in Faulkner County,” said John Schenck.

Another hurdle for this couple who's been together for the past 40 years, and while they did get married in Canada in 2004, they patiently await to be joined in marriage in Faulkner County.

“Can't wait until we can get that license in our hands which will show everybody in the state of Arkansas that we are equal to them,” added Schenck.    

As of Thursday, Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds was one of a few clerks in Arkansas that still had not issued a single same-sex marriage license with no intentions of doing so despite Judge Piazza's ruling.

“The plaintiffs dismissed the state of Arkansas, and the plaintiffs dismissed Melinda Reynolds and Faulkner County, and so there's no part of this order that and I’m going to say this carefully...there's no part of this order that allows Melinda Reynolds to legally issue same-sex marriage licenses,” said Faulkner County Civil Attorney, David Hogue.   

Hogue, who represents Reynolds, adds that she is still under Amendment 83 and the rest of those statutes because she's not a party to the case because the State of Arkansas under which she falls is not a party to the case either.

“She is bound to honor state law and state law is still Amendment 83 until the Supreme Court says otherwise,” Hogue added.

Hogue said, that if Reynolds or the State of Arkansas had still been defendants in this case, she would have been issuing same-sex marriage licenses.