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Arkansas GOP working on new anti-gay marriage religious protections

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Arkansas state Senate Republicans are working on legislation to reinforce protections for religious organizations in response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. ...

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Marriage equality fight turns to clerks, probate judges who refuse licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Erica Seagraves, right, has a discussion with Malinda Andrews on the steps of the Rowan County Judicial Center Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Morehead, Ky. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is refusing to issue marriage licenses to all couples until further notice as an objection to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.
Legal experts are dubious that religious freedom arguments will protect public officials who not only refuse to participate due to their own beliefs, but also decline to make accommodations so that others who don't object can serve the public instead. ...

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Arkansas clerk will resign over moral objection to issuing same‑sex marriage licenses

Monday, June 29, 2015
Dana Guffey
A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective June 30 because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. ...

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Arkansas same-sex marriages resume after Supreme Court decision

Friday, June 26, 2015
Deputy Clerk Bettina Boughter, left, issues a marriage license to Tony Chiaro, center, and Earnie Matheson, right, at the Pulaski County Court House in Little Rock, Ark. Friday, June 26, 2015, following a ruling by the US Supreme Court that struck down bans on same sex marriage nation wide.
The judge who struck down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban last year presided over one of its first same-sex weddings Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such bans are unconstitutional. ...

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Arkansas bid to repeal anti‑discrimination limits dropped

Friday, June 19, 2015
Demonstrators attend a rally on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 31, 2015, in protest of a bill that critics say will lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A group dropped its campaign on Thursday to repeal an Arkansas law aimed at prohibiting cities and counties from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people. ...

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Special election set for Fayetteville’s LGBT anti-discrimination law

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Fayetteville, Ark.
A special election will be held later this year over a proposed Fayetteville city law intended to shield LGBT residents from discrimination. ...

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1. The president doesn’t get to veto Supreme Court rulings. 2. Rick Santorum will never be president.

Monday, June 15, 2015
Rick Santorum
With the Supreme Court due to rule on marriage any day now, Presidential "candidate" Rick Santorum says he would fight back against a pro-equality ruling. So do couples need to worry about the possibility that Santorum could stop them ...

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Latest Arkansas ruling throws new wrinkle in state’s same-sex marriage debate

Sunday, June 14, 2015
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.
A judge's ruling that Arkansas must recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages that were performed in state last year throws a new wrinkle in a legal fight that's been sitting before the state Supreme Court for more than a year ...

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Judge: Arkansas must recognize in-state same-sex marriages

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
A judge has ordered Arkansas officials to recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy a host of benefits such as filing taxes jointly and enrolling together in ...

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Arkansas justices reject new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Arkansas Supreme Court
The marital status for many gay couples in Arkansas remained in limbo Thursday after the state's high court handed down orders that could delay a decision on same-sex marriage until after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. ...

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