Miller County is not among the Arkansas counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, an official said.

"Acting on advice of counsel, the county clerk's office of Miller County will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples," reads a statement from Miller County Clerk Ann Nicholas.

Nicholas states Act 146 of 1997 was not struck down by Circuit Judge Chris Piazza and is still in force.

"The office of the clerk is a functional office, and at this point, the laws of Arkansas give no discretion for the issuance of licenses to marry same-sex couples," Nicholas' statement reads.

The Piazza court order addresses Amendment 83 and Act 144 of 1997, but only for the six counties named in the suit, the statement reads.

"Miller County is bound by that part of the law that Judge Piazza left in place," Nicholas states.

She states this gives time for the Arkansas Attorney General appellate process/review and also to obtain computer programming, which is gender-neutral should the order stand.

"If the ruling is upheld by the Arkansas Supreme Court, the striking down of the ban will apply to all counties in Arkansas," her statement reads.

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Published: 05/12/2014