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9:02 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Gay Rights Group Seeks Couples' Full Recognition

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, speaks to reporters Monday morning outside the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The head of a gay rights group is seeking full federal recognition of same-sex couples married in Arkansas.

Gay couples began getting married in the state Saturday and more were lined up to wed Monday. Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said the group asked the Department of Justice to recognize the unions. A similar move was extended to Utah couples who married before a gay-marriage ruling was put on hold.

Arkansas' attorney general has filed a notice that he would appeal a judge's ruling that paved the way for this weekend's same-sex marriages.

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9:01 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Texas Couple 1st In Line for Marriage License In Little Rock

Shelly Butler and Susan Barr pose for a photo after getting their marriage license.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A couple from Texas who's been together nearly 30 years is the first in line to obtain a same-sex marriage license in Pulaski County.

Fifty-one-year-old Shelly Butler and 48-year-old Susan Barr arrived at the courthouse at about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Both are Arkansas natives and had planned to marry this fall in New Mexico.

Another couple had waited on the courthouse steps since midnight, but Butler and Barr were allowed in first because Butler is in a wheelchair.

The two first met in 1985 at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In Fayetteville

Washington County has begun issuing wedding licenses to same-sex couples after a circuit judge in Pulaski County overturned the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Washington County Clerk Becky Lewallen says 23 licenses were issued Monday morning to same-sex couples. Another license was issued to a heterosexual couple Monday morning as well.

Couples began lining up before the courthouse opened Monday, with one couple arriving at 2:30 a.m. Many couples immediately wed outside the courthouse after receiving the licenses.

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Arkansas Business Report
8:45 am
Mon May 12, 2014

5/11/14: Arkansas Business Report

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Local & Regional News
6:03 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Republican Primay 4th Congressional: Tommy Moll

Tommy Moll at KUAR
Credit KUAR

This week KUAR talks to the two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District as part of an ongoing series covering select contested primaries.

Democrat James Lee Witt is running unopposed and Libertarian Ken Hamilton already has his party’s nomination.

We begin with Republican Tommy Moll of Hot Springs. He’s a former researcher for a Washington D.C. based think tank and worked with the global investment bank Jeffries. Moll faces Bruce Westerman.

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Local & Regional News
5:51 pm
Sun May 11, 2014

County Clerk Won't Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

Dick Titus and Zeek Taylor, who have been a couple for 42 years, were among those who getting marriage licenses Saturday in Eureka Springs.
Credit Kat Wilson / Arkansas Times

The court clerk for at least one Arkansas county says she will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the court opens Monday.

The office of Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds released a statement Sunday evening to local media saying it will not be issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

Circuit Judge Christopher Piazza struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage in a decision released Friday. He did not stay his ruling pending appeals, meaning marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples.

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Local & Regional News
7:29 am
Sun May 11, 2014

Couples Line Up To Get Married After Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

Couples lined up Saturday to get marriage licenses in Eureka Springs.
Credit Jacqueline Froelich / KUAF

State lawyers plan to appeal a judge's decision overturning the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by Arkansas voters in 2004 banning gay marriage. But not before 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in Carroll County.

Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt Saturday, beginning with two women who traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line.

Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn says 15 licenses were issued for same-sex couples in Carroll County.

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Local & Regional News
6:31 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Fire Protection Licensing Board Director Resigns

State records show the executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board resigned after an audit alleged she improperly charged more than $15,000 to her state credit card.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday that Catherine Gray resigned April 24 - the day before a special board meeting in which preliminary information from the state Office of Accounting's Internal Audit Section was to be presented.

A phone number listed for Gray had been disconnected.

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Local & Regional News
5:07 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Arkansas's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

An Arkansas judge has struck down the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled Friday that the 2004 amendment violates the rights of same-sex couples by defining marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman.

The ruling comes nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.

McDaniel's office is expected to quickly appeal Piazza's ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Local & Regional News
11:51 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Storms Bring Down Trees, Cause Flooding In Arkansas

A mobile home that was knocked off its foundation near Russellville.
Credit KARK-TV

Cleanup is underway after storms moved through Arkansas Thursday night, bringing down trees and causing scattered power outages.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a weak tornado touched down in the western part of the state.

“There was a mobile home in the Russellville area in Pope County that received some damage due to some high winds,” said Kathy Wright, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. There were no reports of injuries.

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