Arkansas marriage license prompts question of polygamy

ARKANSAS — Arkansas officials are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who live in other states, citing a constitutional right to freedom of religion.

Gov.

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The U.N. is considering a petition asking for the same- gender marriage ban to be repealed.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.