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Local News: Little Rock.

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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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
AP
New research shows why marriage equality has been so successful so fast. Plus, a recap of last week's marriage equality developments. [...]

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Duggars make it easier to discriminate against LGBT people… will TLC react?

Friday, December 12, 2014
TLC
The Duggar family - made famous by TLC's popular reality television show - have helped repeal an ordinance protecting LGBT people from discrimination. [...]

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Arkansas’ outgoing Democratic governor says he’s still opposes marriage equality

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mike Beebe
Outgoing Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he remains opposed to same-sex marriage despite recent rulings against his state's ban. [...]

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Petition urges Arkansas AG to not appeal same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
A petition urging Arkansas AG Dustin McDaniel to not appeal a same-sex marriage case was delivered by the plaintiffs. [...]

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It’s again legal to fire, deny housing and refuse service to LGBT people in Fayetteville

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Fayetteville, Ark.
Voters in Fayetteville, Ark., have repealed a controversial LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance approved by the city council in August. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 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.
More victories this week in some very conservative states. We're now closer than ever to the start of marriage in Arkansas and Mississippi. Florida is refusing to issue drivers' licenses to a couple after they married and changed their last name. And support for marriage has skyrocketed in Wyoming. [...]

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Study: Same-sex marriages could have $24 million impact on Arkansas economy

Friday, November 28, 2014
Arkansas
FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Supporters of same-sex marriages say legalizing the unions could have a $24 million impact on Arkansas' economy. [...]

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Arkansas clerk ready to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Danny Johnston, AP
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Couples line up to file paperwork for marriage licenses at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., on May 12, 2014, after the state's largest county began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A top official in Arkansas' most populous county said Wednesday that his office is prepared to issue licenses if same-sex marriage returns to the Bible Belt. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane's statements came a day after a federal judge tossed the state's gay marriage ban, saying [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Arkansas gay marriage ban, ruling stayed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and [...]

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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 [...]

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