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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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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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Arkansas clerk ready to resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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Couples line up to file paperwork for marriage licenses at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., on May 12, 2014, after the state's largest county began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A top official in Arkansas' most populous county said Wednesday that his office is prepared to issue licenses if same-sex marriage returns to the Bible Belt. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane's statements came a day after a federal judge tossed the state's gay marriage ban, saying [...]

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Federal judge strikes down Arkansas gay marriage ban, ruling stayed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could pave the way for county clerks to eventually resume issuing licenses. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and [...]

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Where Arkansas same-sex marriage cases go from here

Saturday, November 22, 2014
A demonstrator, far left, holds a sign in support of same sex marriage during a Nov. 19, 2014, rally held held by people who want the state's ban on same sex marriage upheld at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Judges in two Arkansas courtrooms are reviewing challenges to the state's gay marriage ban.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Challenges to the state's ban on gay marriage are being fought in both federal and state courtrooms in Arkansas, but such unions could come to the state by other means. No decisions were issued after the state Supreme Court and U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard [...]

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Courts make no immediate decisions in Arkansas’ same-sex marriage cases

Friday, November 21, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether banning gay marriage is constitutional just because voters overwhelmingly wanted to a decade ago, even if the restriction conflicts with other fundamental rights. Opponents and supporters of the 2004 constitutional amendment defining marriage as between ... [...]

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Two courts set to take up same-sex marriage in Arkansas

Thursday, November 20, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arguments are set in two Arkansas courtrooms on whether the state should drop its prohibition against same-sex marriages. [...]

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Arkansas same-sex marriage ban heading to state, federal courts this week

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court and a federal judge will hear arguments this week over the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a decade after voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Attorneys for the state and a group of gay couples [...]

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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
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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 [...]

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