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LGBT Rights in Arkansas: Arkansas prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages, as well as civil unions and any other status similar to marriage, since the passage of Constitutional Amendment 3, approved by 75% of voters in November 2004. Arkansas law does not address discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Arkansas has no hate crime laws.

Current challenges to Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban: Wright v. Arkansas (state) and Jernigan v. Crane (federal).

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Where Arkansas same-sex marriage cases go from here

Saturday, November 22, 2014
A demonstrator, far left, holds a sign in support of same sex marriage during a Nov. 19, 2014, rally held held by people who want the state's ban on same sex marriage upheld at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Judges in two Arkansas courtrooms are reviewing challenges to the state's gay marriage ban.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Challenges to the state's ban on gay marriage are being fought in both federal and state courtrooms in Arkansas, but such unions could come to the state by other means. No decisions were issued after the state Supreme Court and U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in separate but similar lawsuits Thursday.

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Courts make no immediate decisions in Arkansas’ same-sex marriage cases

Friday, November 21, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning gay marriage is constitutional just because voters overwhelmingly wanted to a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with other fundamental rights. Opponents and supporters of the 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between ...

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Arkansas Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage case

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning same-sex marriage is constitutional just because voters approved it a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with rights outlined in the state's constitution.

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arguments are set in two Arkansas courtrooms on whether the state should drop its prohibition against same-sex marriages.

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‘19 Kids’ star Josh Duggar leads anti-gay marriage rally at Arkansas capitol

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Josh Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," now Executive Director of FRC Action, speaks at an ant-gay marriage rally in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents of same-sex marriage rallied at the Arkansas state Capitol on Wednesday, demanding that the state Supreme Court not overturn a 2004 ballot measure that defines marriage in Arkansas as being between one man and one woman.

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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban heading to state, federal courts this week

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court and a federal judge will hear arguments this week over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decade after voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Attorneys for the state and a group of gay couples are scheduled to appear before the ...

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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban to hit two courts on same day

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban on the same day a federal judge takes up a separate case over the prohibition.

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Arkansas AG says he doesn’t object to expediting same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas attorney general's office says it doesn't object to the state's highest court moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging a gay marriage ban. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court it doesn't object to a request by a group of same-sex couples challenging the ban...

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Federal judge sets hearing in challenge to Arkansas gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has set a hearing for next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday scheduled a Nov. 20 hearing over competing motions in the lawsuit challenging a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier laws defining marriage...

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Federal judge won’t delay challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Friday, October 17, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel earlier this year asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Utah's gay marriage ban...

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