Ashley Cusick A couple marries outside the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office on Friday, October 17, 2014.
Arizona's legalization of same-sex marriage last Friday has led to a drastic increase in the number of marriage licenses issued, but one conservative group argues that clerks opposed to same-sex marriage shouldn't have to take part in issuing them.
In the Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk's Office, 292 marriage licenses were issued on Friday and another 184 were issued Monday, a representative says. The office averages only 98 license requests per day, making Friday's numbers almost three times higher than normal and Monday's almost double. The office doesn't typically track the number of licenses it issues each day, but did so Friday and Monday because of heightened interest.
That interest hasn't been all positive.