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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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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 are scheduled to appear before the ...

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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
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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 case involving Utah's gay marriage ban...

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Same-sex couples oppose delaying Arkansas marriage lawsuits

Thursday, August 14, 2014
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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
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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
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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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