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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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Arkansas AG asks for new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Friday, January 23, 2015
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R-Ark.)
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 29, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014
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Something big's going to happen in Florida next week, we just don't know what yet, and the Supreme Court is going to examine multiple marriage cases in early January. [...]

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Arkansas to appeal federal same-sex marriage ruling to 8th Circuit

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he is filing a notice of appeal with the 8th U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals of a federal ruling striking down Arkansas' gay marriage ban. [...]

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Uncertainty surrounds Arkansas same-sex marriage challenge

Monday, December 22, 2014
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The Arkansas Supreme Court's biggest piece of unfinished business as it wraps up 2014 is whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 15, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014
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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
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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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