Attorneys for a group of gay couples are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a bid to suspend a judge's decision striking down all measures preventing same-sex couples from marrying.
The attorneys requested Friday that the Arkansas Supreme Court to reject a bid by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and four counties to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
Piazza ruled the ban unconstitutional last week, and expanded his ruling to include all state laws preventing gay couples from getting married.
The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell by three-tenths of one percent in April - down from 6.9 percent in March to 6.6 percent.
Arkansas' Department of Workforce Services said Friday that the civilian labor force decreased by 8,300 because of 5,100 fewer people unemployed and 3,200 fewer workers.
Department spokeswoman Becky Heflin said in a news release that the number of Arkansans without a job in April stood at 86,700 - a decline of 12,300 in the number of unemployed from the 99,000 who were jobless in April 2013.
Arkansas lawmakers have blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.
A non-binding resolution objecting to a judge's decision striking down the ban failed before the Arkansas Legislative Council on a procedural vote Friday. The resolution would have urged justices to overturn Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down all measures preventing gay couples from marrying.
The proposal failed to win enough votes to be considered by the panel.
The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional.
Two same-sex couples received wedding licenses shortly after the Washington County clerk's office opened Friday at 8 a.m. Clerk Becky Lewallen says a couple did stop by Thursday afternoon for a license, but she told them toreturn in the morning.
Same-sex couples are again being allowed to marry in some Arkansas counties after a judge Thursday clarified a previous decision.
Gay marriages were stopped in Pulaski and Washington Counties Wednesday after the Arkansas Supreme Court noted last week’s ruling didn’t address a law that applied to county clerks. One day later Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down all state laws preventing gay couples from getting married.
A cohort of around 100 legal professionals and onlookers Thursday spoke against what they see as the emerging presence of dark money in state judicial races. Speakers for the rally at the Capitol characterized the term "dark money" as campaign spending from out-of-state groups that do not reveal the source of their donors or their agendas.
On the steps of the Capitol the Chairman of the Arkansas Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee, Brad Hendricks, did not mince words when speaking to the harm of these groups in judicial elections.
An Arkansas judge has struck down all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying, expanding on his order finding such bans unconstitutional.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza clarified his ruling on Thursday, a day after the state Supreme Court noted that a prohibition on county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples still stood. Piazza also denied the state's motion to suspend his decision.
Arkansas U.S. Sen. John Boozman is asking Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for more information on wait times that Arkansas veterans face to receive medical care at VA facilities.
Boozman is a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee but couldn't attend Thursday's hearing because he's recovering from heart surgery. In a letter, Boozman said a full analysis of the future of VA health care is needed.
Sen. Mark Pryor also said Thursday that the VA disability claims process needs "a complete overhaul."
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking a judge to suspend his ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.
McDaniel's office on Thursday asked Circuit Judge Chris Piazza to stay his ruling voiding the 2004 constitutional amendment and 1997 law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
The state Supreme Court had effectively halted gay marriages performed in the wake of Piazza's ruling, noting that he didn't strike down a separate law barring clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.