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Saline County stops marriage licenses for gays

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A chief deputy clerk in Saline County says her office will suspend issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until they hear from the state's highest court.

Saline County Chief Deputy Clerk Darlene Westbrook said Tuesday her office is no longer issuing marriage licenses for gay couples. On Monday, clerks had issued six marriage certificates for same-sex couples. Westbrook says they're waiting for the Arkansas Supreme Court to rule on whether same-sex marriages are legal in the state.

In 2004, Arkansas voters passed a ban on gay marriages in a constitutional amendment. A judge overturned the ban last week, saying it was unfair to same-sex couples.

Arkansas' attorney general requested a stay in the judge's ruling to the state's high court to temporarily preserve the ban.

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