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Eureka Springs, a quiet destination town in Northwest Arkansas, has found itself in the national spotlight. Jane Osborn, a deputy clerk of court in Carroll County Arkansas issued a marriage license to a female couple from the neighboring town of Fort Smith, according to Christina Huynh of the Associated Press. This single license tore down a constitutional amendment Arkansas voters erected ten years prior. According to the Associated Press article, the couple slept in their Ford Focus after arriving in Eureka Springs at 2 am.
Friday May 9th, Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the amendment to the state constitution was in fact “unconstitutional.” According to Piazza the law was “an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality.” Furthermore, Piazza—in a rather bold move—did not place a stay on his ruling, as many judges before him have done. Without a hold on his ruling, the door was left open for clerks to issue licences, which Jane Osborn did for Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo this morning in Eureka Springs.
The Arkansas Attorney Genral has promised to appeal the ruling.