If the U.S. Supreme Court decides this month that it's unconstitutional for states such as Arkansas to ban same-sex marriage, one immediate issue facing county clerks is revising the traditional, gender-specific language on marriage licenses and application forms.
That's why county clerks' offices have been quietly preparing for the Supreme Court decision, which is expected by the end of this month. If it has the effect of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, Pulaski County — and many others across Arkansas — have software in place to quickly remake the forms.
"Bride" and "Groom" would give way to phrases such as "Spouse 1" and "Spouse 2" on gender-neutral marriage-license applications in Pulaski County. The marriage licenses themselves would delete the titles "Mr." and "Ms." The couples' names would stand alone.