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Breaking: Judge Rules Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Violates State And Federal Constitutions

by David Badash on May 9, 2014

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A circuit court judge has just ruled that Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage violates both state and federal Constitutions. Judge Chris Piazza cited the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment in his ruling. The case, Wright v. Arkansas, was heard last month.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is expected to appeal the case to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Last month, after hearing the case, Judge Piazza called it an “interesting adventure.”

“The reason I find this case interesting is that it’s more like what we did in law school, with lawyers considering Constitutional matters of national importance,” he added.

The plaintiffs include 21 same-sex couples who want to marry and/or adopt, or have their out-of-state marriages recognized, and one lesbian who wants a divorce.

“Today a state circuit judge in Arkansas ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, the latest in a unanimous wave of favorable rulings from more than a dozen state and federal judges across the country in recent months,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, in a statement. “Judge Piazza held that there is no good reason for discriminating against couples and their loved ones just because they are gay. With nearly 70 marriage cases now making their way through the courts, and five federal appellate courts now hearing arguments and soon to rule, today’s decision out of Arkansas underscores that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry.”

The Washington Blade reports that “Arkansas voters approved at the ballot Amendment 83, which made the ban on same-sex marriage part of the state constitution, in 2004 by a vote of 75 percent.”

Image via Arkansans for Equality

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LOrion May 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

SO CAN THEY MARRY? Or is it Stayed? Yes, Very Interesting… NOW GET ON WITH IT!… Gah! Over 70 cases and 5 at Appellate! #ALL50in5 please.

LOrion May 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

NO STAY ISSUED in Arkansas!

The order came after county clerks ofices closed for the week. But they can expect a flood of applicants Monday morning. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane said he'd be ready with software to issue gender-netural marriage licenses Monday morning. The judge's decision not to issue a stay isn't surprising. Why would a judge allow something he found unconstitutional to continue?

labman57 May 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Cue Freddy Mercury singing "Another one bites the dust!"

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