EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. — A small Arkansas city in the Ozark Mountains on Aug. 2 hosted what one television station described as the first “mass gay wedding reception in the Bible Belt.”
KFSM reported that hundreds of same-sex couples attended a reception the city of Eureka Springs hosted. The television station said more than 40 local businesses contributed items to the reception that drew same-sex couples from across the region.
The Eureka Springs City Council in 2012 approved a resolution in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Circuit Judge Chris Piazza in May ruled the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
Jennifer Rambo and Kristin Seaton became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the state after they received a marriage license in Eureka Springs the day after Piazza issued his decision.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on May 17 stayed Piazza’s ruling, pending the outcome of an appeal.