With a one-sentence statement giving absolutely no reason or explanation, the Arkansas Supreme Court has haled the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That ruling will likely last for months as the Court takes the summer off.What emergency existed that convinced the court to issue an emergency stay on the lower court's ruling is left unsaid, but that stay is not unexpected. The state Supreme Court will hear the case ... later.
Despite more than 500 licenses having been issued to same-sex couples, the Court found fit to halt the process after a full week.
Even with an expedited schedule, it's uncertain if the case can be decided this calendar year, when two of the current justices — Cliff Hoofman and Donald Corbin — will be replaced by Rhonda Wood and the winner of a race between Judge Robin Wynne and Tim Cullen. [Typically] there's about 2.5 months for briefing after a record and transcript is completed. Part of this record has already been completed and it's not an extensive record. It conceivably could be completed by fall.