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Arkansas governor selects 3 justices to hear same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Arkansas
A former Supreme Court justice who helped strike down Arkansas' ban on gay foster parents and an ex-legislator who tried to reinstate that prohibition were appointed Tuesday to help decide a case related to the challenge over same-sex marriage. [...]

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Arkansas governor: No urgent need for anti-discrimination order

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need to expand workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian state employees after lawmakers reworked a religious objections measure to address concerns it was discriminatory. [...]

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Arkansas governor to move quickly on appointments for same-sex marriage case

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll quickly appoint three special justices to hear a case a majority of the state Supreme Court says must be addressed before they can rule on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. [...]

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Jonesboro, Ark., town leaders reject protections for LGBT city workers

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Jonesboro-AR
Jonesboro city leaders have rejected a proposal to protect city employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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15 states urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans

Monday, April 6, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
Eight states where same-sex couples can marry are among 15 states urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage bans and leave the matter to voters and lawmakers. [...]

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Advocacy groups aim to further expand LGBT rights at state level

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march towards Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. [...]

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Indiana, Arkansas look to move forward following religious objections uproar

Friday, April 3, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Two states roiled by criticism over new religious objections laws are looking to move forward after taking different approaches to changing the legislation to ease concerns about discrimination. [...]

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Arkansas Supreme Court creates separate same-sex marriage case

Friday, April 3, 2015
Arkansas Supreme Court
The Arkansas Supreme Court could avoid having to resolve the sex-marriage debate after justices decided a separate case is needed before they can hear it - a move that will likely push the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the same topic. [...]

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Arkansas governor signs revised religious freedom bill

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a revised version of a religious objections bill that supporters say addresses concerns that the original proposal sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Arkansas lawmakers pass revised religious objections bill

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, the Arkansas lawmaker behind the state's original religious freedom proposal, enters a committee room with a reworked bill before a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a revised religious objections measure after Gov. Asa Hutchinson asked for changes in the wake of mounting criticism that a previous bill endorsed discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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