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Six SWAR counties will not issue same-sex marriage licenses pending court ruling

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Miller County, AR Justice of the Peace Andy LaGrone says he will not perform same sex marriages, even if he gets taken to court over it. Miller County, AR Justice of the Peace Andy LaGrone says he will not perform same sex marriages, even if he gets taken to court over it.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA/AP) -

Despite the decision of an Arkansas judge last week, six counties in the southwest part of the state will not issue same-sex marriage licenses until the Arkansas Supreme Court requires them to do so.

Sevier, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Hempstead, Little River and Miller counties were not among those named in a lawsuit filed over the state's ban on gay marriage. Counties named in the suit and therefore obligated to issue the licenses are Pulaski, White, Lonoke, Saline, Washington and Conway.

Clerks of court for all but Little River have confirmed they will not handle the licenses unless the Arkansas Supreme Court specifically requires them to do so.

KSLA News 12 has been unable to reach anyone in the Little River County Clerk's office to confirm whether they will issue the licenses.

Last week, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated the rights of same-sex couples.

State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked Piazza to suspend the decision during that process, but when Piazza didn't issue a stay, the decision to offer same-sex marriage licenses or not was left up to the state's 75 county clerks.

McDaniel has said he will appeal Piazza's decision to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The hiccups with issuing same-sex marriage licenses go beyond ideology. Lafayette County's clerk Regenia Morton said their marriage license software prints out with the words "bride and groom" and "Mr. and Mrs." The application coupon the county files with Little Rock also says "bride and groom."

Miller County Clerk Ann Nicholas said they have been flooded with calls asking about same sex marriage licenses, and that there was a couple waiting there Monday morning when the office opened. She says they were directed elsewhere.

Miller County Justice of the Peace Andy LaGrone, who performed a traditional marriage Monday morning tells KSLA News 12 that he does not intend to perform same-sex marriages, even if he has to go to court.

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