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Jernigan v. Crane

Jernigan v. Crane is a federal court challenge that seeks to overturn Arkansas' 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, filed July 15, 2013, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, on behalf of two couples who wish to marry in the state, and one couple who were married in New York. [ Case files ]

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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban to hit two courts on same day

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- Arkansas' highest court will hear oral arguments in a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban on the same day a federal judge takes up a separate case over the prohibition.

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Federal judge sets hearing in challenge to Arkansas gay marriage ban

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has set a hearing for next month in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Monday scheduled a Nov. 20 hearing over competing motions in the lawsuit challenging a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier laws defining marriage...

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Federal judge won’t delay challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Friday, October 17, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel earlier this year asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Utah's gay marriage ban...

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Same-sex couples oppose delaying Arkansas marriage lawsuits

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages said Wednesday they won't agree to delay a pair of lawsuits while the U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter. The couples sued Arkansas in state and federal courts last year, claiming that a constitutional amendment passed overwhelmingly by Arkansas...

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Ark. officials ask courts to suspend same-sex marriage cases

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas officials asked a federal judge and the state Supreme Court Wednesday to suspend lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban while a similar case is pending before the nation's highest court. The attorney general's office filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit filed ...

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

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Arkansas
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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Couples ask federal judge to strike down Ark. same-sex marriage ban

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Arkansas
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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State of Ark. seeks dismissal of lawsuit challenging gay marriage ban

Friday, January 31, 2014
Arkansas
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.

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Ark. clerk: Gay marriage lawsuit should be decided by the state

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Arkansas
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.

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Federal judge recuses from Ark. gay marriage challenge

Friday, July 19, 2013
U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes
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.

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