Same-Sex Marriage in Arkansas

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

A marriage ceremony being performed in the Pulaski County Courthouse in May 2014.
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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