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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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Federal judge won’t lift stay in Arkansas same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
A federal judge who last year tossed out Arkansas' voter-approved gay marriage ban won't lift her own stay and let same-sex marriages resume immediately. [...]

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Arkansas AG opposes effort to lift stay in same-sex marriage case

Monday, March 2, 2015
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R-Ark.)
The Arkansas attorney general has asked a federal judge who struck down the state's gay marriage ban to not allow same-sex couples to wed while the ruling is being appealed. [...]

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Attorneys ask federal judge to lift stay in Arkansas same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban want a federal judge to drop a stay she imposed while tossing the prohibition last year. [...]

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Appeals court to hear South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri gay marriage cases

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
A federal appeals court has agreed to hear arguments this spring from three more states defending their same-sex marriage bans. [...]

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Arkansas to appeal federal same-sex marriage ruling to 8th Circuit

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he is filing a notice of appeal with the 8th U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals of a federal ruling striking down Arkansas' gay marriage ban. [...]

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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
In this May12, 2014, file photo, 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
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
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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