Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

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11:06 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Attorney General Asks Court To Uphold Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

A lesbian couple kisses while waiting to get their marriage license in May at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock after the state's same-sex marriage ban was struck down.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban earlier this year, and 541 same-sex couples were married before the ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court pending appeals.

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5:27 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gay Couples Oppose Delaying Arkansas Marriage Lawsuit

Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages say they don't want a delay in the case while U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter.

Arkansas officials last week asked a federal judge and the state Supreme Court to suspend in-state challenges while a similar case is being taken to the nation's highest court.

Utah had its gay-marriage ban overturned at the local and appellate court levels and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

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5:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Arkansas Argues No Recusal Needed In Gay Marriage Case

Arkansas officials say a resolution passed by the Legislature and suggestions to allow recall of judges aren't enough of a reason for Arkansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from the case challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

The attorney general's office on Thursday asked the court to deny the recusal motion filed by same-sex couples challenging the gay marriage ban. Justices are weighing whether to uphold the ban, which was struck down by a Pulaski County judge earlier this year.

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Local & Regional News
12:51 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Arkansas Officials Ask Courts To Suspend Gay Marriage Case

Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge and the state Supreme Court to suspend a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban while a similar suit is pending before the nation's highest court.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban. The filing notes that Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its gay marriage ban, which was struck down by a federal appeals panel in June.

Local & Regional News
3:38 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Couples Ask Justices To Recuse In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Same-sex couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban are asking any state Supreme Court justices who plan on seeking re-election to recuse from the case, arguing a legislative resolution supporting the prohibition could sway their opinion.

The couples on Monday filed a motion asking any justice expecting to run for re-election anytime in the future to not hear the appeal of a state judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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5:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas Officials Ask Judge To Keep Marriage Ban In Place

Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's gay marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to deny the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year.

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Local & Regional News
3:33 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Couples Ask Judge To Strike Down Arkansas Gay Marriage Ban

Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Lawyers for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional.

The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban.

Local & Regional News
4:34 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Same-Sex Spouse Insurance On Hold In University of Arkansas System

Employees of the University of Arkansas system received notice last week that those who are married to spouses of the same-sex may now add their spouses to their insurance coverage. However, the Arkansas Supreme Court's stay of Judge Chris Piazza's same-sex marriage ruling has changed that.

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4:38 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Suspends Gay Marriage Ruling

Same-sex couples lined up Monday in the Pulaski County Courthouse to get marriage licenses.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas' highest court has suspended a judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples.

The state Supreme Court on Friday granted a request to suspend Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision voiding a 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Piazza last week struck down the ban, but expanded that ruling on Thursday to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying.

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2:15 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Attorneys Ask High Court To Not Suspend Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

One of the same-sex couples that lined up outside the Pulaski County Courthouse Monday to get a marriage license.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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.

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