Late this afternoon, the Arkansas Supreme Court issued an emergency stay requested by the defendants in Arkansas same-sex marriage suit, meaning the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples will come to a screeching halt until appeals can be filed and considered
Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza overturned all Arkansas bans on same-sex marriage and denied the defendants’ motion for a stay until appeals could be filed. The defendants then filed a motion with the state’s High Court for an emergency stay.
Today, the Plaintiffs in the suit filed opposition to the stay, but the justices sided with the defendants.
Unlike the lengthy motions that been filed, answered and ruled on since Piazza issued his first order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, today's Supreme Court Opinion was short and sweet:
"STATE DEFENDANTS-APPELLANTS' PETITION FOR EMERGENCY STAY AND SEPARATE WHITE, WASHINGTON, LONOKE, AND CONWAY COUTY APPEALANTS' EXPEDITED MOTION FOR STAY ARE GRANTED"