Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

Marissa Pavan Birth Certificate certificates same-sex marrriage
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Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit over whether married same-sex couples can have the names of both spouses on their children's birth certificate without a court order.

Marissa Pavan Birth Certificate certificates same-sex marrriage
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Supreme Court has issued a temporary halt on Pulaski County Judge Tim Fox's order striking down part of the state’s birth certificate law. Justices did however allow three same sex couples involved in a lawsuit to keep both spouses' names on the amended birth certificates of their children.

 

Since last Friday, the Arkansas Health Department has allowed both parent’s names on birth certificates as long as the couple could prove they we married before the child was born. Health Department spokeswoman Meg Mirivel says they've now reversed that policy.

 

Marissa Pavan Birth Certificate certificates same-sex marrriage
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The Arkansas Health Department has decided to issue amended birth certificates for children of same-sex couples who can prove they were married before the child was born.

Health Department spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said Monday that the department reviewed an order from Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox and decided to amend those specific birth certificates starting last Friday. Fox issued a ruling striking down a portion of the state's birth certificate law and said Arkansas must amend the birth certificates, listing both spouses as parents.

Marissa Pavan Birth Certificate certificates same-sex marrriage
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas health officials are allowing three married same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit against the state to include the names of spouses on birth certificates of their children. But other couples who showed up at the Arkansas Department of Health Wednesday and weren’t parties in the suit were turned away.

An Arkansas judge has struck down part of the state's law on birth certificates, a move that an attorney says clears the way for married same-sex couples to both be listed as parents.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox late Tuesday afternoon declared parts of the state's birth certificate law unconstitutional since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

File photo: Attorney Cheryl Maples.
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A same-sex couple seeking to amend their child’s birth certificate to include the non-biological mother has been denied by the Arkansas Department of Health despite a judge’s order. Following Monday's request to change documentation the attorney general's office filed a request for a stay on Tuesday with a notification of intent to appeal.

Just hours after Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Fox’s decision on Monday Marissa Pavan went with her spouse and attorney Cheryl Maples to the state’s vital records office.

A former justice says in a recently published interview that the Arkansas Supreme Court voted to find the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional but never issued its ruling months before same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide.

Justice Donald Corbin said the court voted 5-2 late last year to uphold a state judge's decision that the ban violated the Arkansas and U.S. constitutions.

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Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling striking down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, finding that the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage didn't render the state case moot.

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Sarah Whites-Koditschek

A state representative who opposed a religious conscience bill says increased preferences for LGBT people may be added in the next legislative session if religious rights for clergy are clarified. 

Leslie Rutledge Attorney General
Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says it's unclear whether courts would require county justices of the peace to officiate same-sex weddings, even though clerks are required to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Republican attorney general said in an advisory opinion issued Wednesday that JPs could use the state's new religious objections law as a defense if they refused to preside over a gay wedding ceremony. But she said it's unclear whether such a defense would prevail in court.

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