Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Heading To Two Courts

Nov 18, 2014

A couple exchanges rings during one of many ceremonies held in May at the Pulaski County Courthouse after a judge's ruling tossed out the same-sex marriage ban.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court and a federal judge are preparing to hear arguments this week over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decade after the state's voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Attorneys for the state and a group of gay couples are scheduled to appear before the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday morning, as justices weigh whether to uphold a Pulaski County judge's ruling against the ban.

Hours later, the same attorneys will be making similar arguments before a federal judge in a separate lawsuit.

Same-sex couples can marry in 32 states, parts of Kansas and Missouri, and Washington, D.C.