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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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Ark. officials asks federal court to keep same-sex marriage ban in place

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's same-sex marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
Kendra Johnson
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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Couples ask federal judge to strike down Ark. same-sex marriage ban

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Attorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment ...

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Ark. legislators OK statement urging court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, June 20, 2014
Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved a resolution that urges the state Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages. The measure by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway passed easily on a voice vote, despite strenuous objections from some Democrats.

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With an eye on the right side of history, judges nix same-sex marriage bans

| Saturday, May 24, 2014
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Rick Nelson Flor, right, holds a flower bouquet as he stands next to his partner Robert O'Rourke before their wedding ceremony in West Hollywood, Calif.
Robert Shelby, a former Army combat engineer, knocked over the first domino. As a U.S. district judge — appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama with support from Utah's two conservative Republican senators — Shelby ruled last December that the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

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Ark. gubernatorial candidate wants to allow lawmakers to override courts

| Monday, May 19, 2014
Curtis Coleman
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A candidate running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas says the Legislature should have veto power over state courts after a judge struck down a same-sex marriage ban.

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Ark. Supreme Court issues stay, puts same-sex marriage ruling on hold

| Friday, May 16, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' whirlwind week of granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples ended Friday when the state Supreme Court ordered a temporary stop just as a final pair completed their paperwork at a Little Rock courthouse.

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Ark. lawmaker’s resolution calling for reversal of gay marriage ruling fails

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Jason Rapert
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An effort by Arkansas lawmakers to weigh in on the state's legal battle over its same-sex marriage ban faltered Friday after a group of Democratic legislators blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to prevent gay couples from wedding.

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

| Friday, May 16, 2014
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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 Ammendment 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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