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Conway County, Ark. to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, May 16, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Conway County clerk says her office will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge paved the way for clerks to start granting them. [...]

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Marriage equality in Arkansas: What’s happened, what’s next?

Friday, May 16, 2014
Kristin Seaton, center, of Jacksonville, Ark., holds up her marriage license as she leaves the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Ark., with her partner, Jennifer Rambo, left, of Fort Smith, Ark. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Same-sex marriages resumed in Arkansas on Thursday after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza broadened a ruling to say that, in addition to declaring a same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, any state law that prohibits the distribution of marriage licenses to same-sex couples was off the books. [...]

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Ark. Supreme Court speeds up timeline on same-sex marriage case

Friday, May 16, 2014
Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court has moved up its deadline for a group of same-sex couples to respond to a bid to halt a judge's ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. [...]

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Washington County, Ark., resumes issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Friday, May 16, 2014
A Washington County, Ark., clerk issues the first same-sex marriage license in Fayetteville, Ark., on Monday, May 12, 2014.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional. [...]

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Poll: Narrow majority of Ohio voters support marriage equality

Friday, May 16, 2014
Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new poll still shows a narrow majority of Ohio voters support gay marriage, unchanged from a similar poll this winter. [...]

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Rugby group launches international study on gay discrimination in sports

Friday, May 16, 2014
Bingham Cup
SYDNEY -- Organizers of the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, have initiated an international study of discrimination based on sexuality in sports. [...]

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An open letter to the Mother’s Day slushie victim: Bullies with an agenda are still bullies

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Anti-gay protester and "slushie" victim Christine Weick
Thanks to the television show “Glee,” the slushie has been elevated from an overly sugary refreshment to an act of public humiliation. Not since a cream pie hit the face of Anita Bryant, has a caloric treat wielded such stature. Previously, the slushie had been confined to fictional encounters. It [...]

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Newly married S.D. couple to challenge state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Jennie and Nancy Rosenbrahn outside of the Pennington County Courthouse in Rapid City, S.D. The couple wed on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Minnesota, and will be the first South Dakota residents to legally challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to recognize such nuptials.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- A newly married lesbian couple is poised to become the first to challenge South Dakota's ban on same-sex marriage following the state's refusal to grant the women a name change after they were legally married in Minnesota. [...]

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Four Ark. counties again asking court to suspend same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Arkansas Supreme Court building in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Four Arkansas counties are again asking the state's highest court to suspend a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Former NFLer Wade Davis helping St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam transition

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wade Davis
ST. LOUIS -- The head of an advocacy group for gay and lesbian athletes said he spent a full day this week helping the St. Louis Rams prepare for the arrival of Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. [...]

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