Arkansas judge rules marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples must be recognized by state administration after suit filed by couples denied recognition
- The Department of Finance and Administration (under Director Larry Walther) had refused to recognize two gay couples’ marriage in tax and medical insurance processing, prompting the suit.
- The State defense relied on a belief that Judge Chris Piazza did not have the authority to apply the clarifying order he released on May 15, 2014, opening up marriage licenses to same-sex couples retroactively to his original ruling on May 9.
- The state ended its issuance of licenses to same-sex couples once Pizza’s ruling was appealed on May 16 and is now waiting on the pending Supreme Court decision.
“With shameless disrespect for fundamental fairness and equality, Director Walther insists on treating the marriages of same-sex couples who received marriage licenses … as ‘void from inception as a matter of law.’”
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