ARKANSAS — Arkansas officials are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who live in other states, citing a constitutional right to freedom of religion.
Mike Beebe’s office announced Thursday that licenses issued to same sex couples who reside in other countries will be valid until they can obtain a marriage license in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether a state law barring same-gender marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
The decision comes as many states across the country have passed legislation allowing same-parenting arrangements.
The move to issue licenses to gay and lesbian couples in other jurisdictions follows a decision last week by the U,S.
Supreme Court that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning federal recognition of same- sex marriages.
The U.N. is considering a petition asking for the same- gender marriage ban to be repealed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.