Two courts set to take up same-sex marriage in Arkansas


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arguments are set in two Arkansas courtrooms on whether the state should drop its prohibition against same-sex marriages.

ArkansasThe state Supreme Court on Thursday morning will take up a Pulaski County judge’s decision to toss out the ban. His ruling last May led to 541 gay couples obtaining marriage licenses before a stay was issued.

Later Thursday, a federal judge will hear similar arguments.

Ten years ago, state voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I

n recent months and years, a number of courts nationwide have rejected bans similar to the one in Arkansas.

In the Arkansas court, justices are expected to consider whether the Pulaski County judge had the authority to strike down the constitutional amendment.

More on today’s cases is here.

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