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Ark. files brief defending same-sex marriage ban as hearing nears

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Opponents and supporters of Arkansas’ gay marriage ban are sparring in court filings over whether the state’s constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage serves a legitimate purpose and can be challenged at the state level.

ArkansasAttorneys for the state and a group of same-sex couples filed competing arguments in Pulaski County court on Wednesday seeking summary judgment over the challenge to a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2004 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

A hearing is scheduled on April 17 over the motions.

Attorneys for the state and the Faulkner County clerk argued in part that opponents can’t challenge the ban in state court since it’s enshrined in the Arkansas constitution. Opponents argue the ban violates the equal protection guaranteed under the constitution.

Follow this case: Wright v. Arkansas.

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