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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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Judge hears challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage took their case before a Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Thursday, who said at the end of the hearing he expects to issue a ruling in about two weeks. [ Read more → ]
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Hearing set in challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case Thursday before a circuit judge in Pulaski County. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. files brief defending same-sex marriage ban as hearing nears

Thursday, March 20, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Opponents and supporters of Arkansas' gay marriage ban are sparring in court filings over whether the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage serves a legitimate purpose and can be challenged at the state level. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. school district defends censoring gay student’s coming out story

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
SHERIDAN, Ark. -- The superintendent of an Arkansas school district is defending a decision by school officials to censor a yearbook profile of an openly gay student and his "coming out" story, calling it the "proper direction for our community." [ Read more → ]
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Freedom to Marry launches $1 million marriage equality campaign in U.S. South

Monday, February 24, 2014
NEW YORK – Freedom to Marry, the advocacy campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, on Monday launched a $1 million multi-state campaign to build majority support for marriage in the South. [ Read more → ]
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State of Ark. seeks dismissal of lawsuit challenging gay marriage ban

Friday, January 31, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state of Arkansas is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a voter-approved law that bans same-sex marriage on grounds that the plaintiffs' rights aren't being violated. [ Read more → ]
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Judge rejects motion to dismiss challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A lawsuit challenging Arkansas' ban on gay marriage is moving closer to a trial. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday rejected a motion by government lawyers to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to topple the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Hearing begins in challenge to Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, December 12, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers for the state and the Pulaski County clerk asked a judge Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to allow gay marriages in Arkansas. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. Supreme Court reverses ruling barring man’s partner from home when son visits

Thursday, November 21, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a judge's decision barring a man's same-sex partner from staying overnight when his son visits. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. clerk: Gay marriage lawsuit should be decided by the state

Thursday, November 21, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A county clerk said Thursday that a federal lawsuit challenging Arkansas' 2004 ban on same-sex marriages should be dismissed and the issue should be considered in state court. [ Read more → ]
Arkansas Supreme Court building in Little Rock.

Ark. man appeals ruling barring partner from home when son visits

Friday, November 8, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A judge violated an Arkansas man's constitutional rights by barring his gay partner from staying overnight when his son visits, imposing a blanket restriction on unmarried couples living together, attorneys told the state's highest court Thursday. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. AG approves language for ballot proposal to legalize same-sex marriage

Thursday, November 7, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Thursday approved the wording of a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, clearing the way for supporters to begin gathering signatures to place the measure on the 2016 ballot. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. AG rejects language on proposed ballot measure to legalize gay marriage

Monday, October 28, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure for a constitutional amendment to authorize same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Danny Johnston, APBarb Mariani (left) and spouse Tippi McCullough at a Little Rock, Ark., news conference Tuesday.

Teacher wants apology from Catholic school that fired her for marrying partner

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A teacher who lost her job at a Catholic girls' high school in Little Rock after she married her female partner said Tuesday she wants an apology from the school but isn't asking for her job back. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. teacher fired from Catholic school after marrying same-sex partner

Sunday, October 20, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas teacher has been fired from a Catholic school after she married her same-sex partner in a ceremony in New Mexico. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. AG rejects wording of proposed same-sex marriage amendments

Monday, October 7, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of two ballot measures that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. AG rejects wording on same-sex marriage ballot proposal — again

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would legalize gay marriage in Arkansas. [ Read more → ]
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Walmart expands benefits to include employees’ same-sex partners

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
NEW YORK -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will extend its health care benefits to its U.S. workers' domestic partners, including those of the same sex, starting Jan. 1. [ Read more → ]
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Seven married, same-sex couples petition for Ark. recognition

Friday, August 16, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Seven legally wed same-sex couples have petitioned a judge to recognize the parental rights of both spouses and to have both parents' names on their childrens' birth certificates. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. AG rejects wording of proposed gay marriage ballot measure

Monday, August 12, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal the Arkansas constitution's ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Ark. AG rejects proposed language for gay marriage ballot petition

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' attorney general said Tuesday that a proposed petition that would put a gay-marriage ballot question before voters in 2016 was ambiguous in a number of places and would need to be reworked before its backers can collect signatures. [ Read more → ]
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Federal judge recuses from Ark. gay marriage challenge

Friday, July 19, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge is recusing from a case challenging Arkansas' ban on gay marriage, citing friendships with supporters of the amendment that voters approved banning same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
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Three couples file federal lawsuit to overturn Ark. ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, July 15, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An attorney for three same-sex couples has filed a federal lawsuit, asking a judge to overturn Arkansas' ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Economic development official: Gay marriage will help Arkansas economy

Sunday, July 14, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The argument by Arkansas' top economic development official and advocates that legalizing gay marriage would lure business to the state isn't likely to sway Republicans united in their opposition to same-sex unions. But it could nudge top Democrats who appear just as opposed to the idea. [ Read more → ]
Atty. General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)

Ark. AG rejects language of proposed repeal of anti-gay marriage amendment

Friday, July 12, 2013
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' attorney general rejected a proposal Friday to repeal the state constitution's ban on gay marriage, saying the ballot measure's wording could mislead voters into believing it would automatically legalize same-sex unions. [ Read more → ]
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