Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

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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.

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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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5:19 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Marriage Licenses Again Being Issued To Gay Couples In Arkansas

A gay couple exchanges rings during a ceremony Monday at the Pulaski County Courthouse.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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.

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2:02 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Judge Strikes All Arkansas Bans On Gay Marriages, Allowing Them To Resume

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.

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1:14 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

AG Again Asks Arkansas Judge To Suspend Gay Marriage Ruling

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaking in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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.

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5:45 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Arkansas High Court Won't Stay Gay Marriage Ruling

A couple kisses while standing in line Monday at the Pulaski County Clerk's office for a marriage license.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The Arkansas Supreme Court has rejected the state attorney general's request for a stay of a judge's ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The high court on Wednesday turned down the request from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that would have halted the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses.

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11:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Attorney General Again Asks For Stay Of Arkansas Gay Marriage Ruling

An employee with the Pulaski County Clerk's office explains how to fill out paperwork for a marriage license Monday.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.

McDaniel's office on Wednesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court that the stay of Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling against the gay marriage ban is needed because some clerks have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

About 400 licenses have been issued so far, mostly in Pulaski and Washington counties.

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11:28 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Lawyers For Same Sex Couples: Don't Suspend Gay Marriage Ruling

Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples are asking Arkansas' highest court to reject efforts to suspend a judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Attorneys for the couples asked the state Supreme Court Tuesday to deny motions to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's decision regarding the 2004 constitutional amendment and 1997 law banning same-sex marriage.

The attorney general and four counties named in the suit have asked justices to suspend Piazza's ruling.

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