Justices: No gay nuptials till decision

Legislators block censure of judge who rejected ban

Posted: May 17, 2014 at 4:19 a.m.

Rep. John Edwards, D-Little Rock, co-chairman of the Arkansas Legislative Council, presides over a council meeting Friday at the state Capitol during which a motion to suspend the rules to introduce a nonbinding resolution supporting the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and calling the actions of Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza “an abuse of his judicial authority” was blocked by Democrats when backers were unable to get a two-thirds majority vote.

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday suspended a lower court's ruling that found the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional.

Chidester couple receives last same-sex marriage license in Pulaski County

Hilda Jones and Kerin Hartsell of Chidester were the last same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Pulaski County on Friday. The two women have been together for almost 11 years. (By Lisa Burnett)
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Kerin Hartsell (left) and Hilda Jones filed for their marriage license Friday at the Pulaski County Courthouse just before th... (By: Melissa Gerrits)

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