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Wright v. Arkansas

Wright v. Arkansas is a 2013 Arkansas court case challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban and non-recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, filed July 1, 2013 in Pulaski County Circuit Court in Little Rock. The plaintiffs, originally 11 same-sex couples, now number more than 20 same-sex couples. [ 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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Arkansas AG says he doesn’t object to expediting same-sex marriage case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas attorney general's office says it doesn't object to the state's highest court moving quickly on a lawsuit challenging a gay marriage ban. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Tuesday told the Arkansas Supreme Court it doesn't object to a request by a group of same-sex couples challenging the ban...

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Arkansas Supreme Court rejects AG’s request to delay gay marriage case

Thursday, October 9, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in challenges involving other states...

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Ark. governor names retired justice to hear same-sex marriage appeal

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Gov. Mike Beebe has named a retired judge from Harrison to fill in as a special justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court in the lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. eebe on Wednesday named retired Judge Robert W. McCorkindale to serve on the court as it considers whether to uphold the 2004 constitutional ...

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Ark. justice recused from gay marriage case accused of improper exchange

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas Supreme Court justice has been accused of having an inappropriate conversation with a state lawmaker about an issue set to go before the court. The state's judicial oversight committee said it's investigating a complaint against Justice Cliff Hoofman...

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Ark. AG asks state Supreme Court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

Monday, September 15, 2014
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The attorney general's office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state's gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office on Monday asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law..

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Ark. Supreme Court denies recusal bid in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, September 4, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' highest court has denied a request by same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban that any justices planning to seek re-election recuse themselves from the case. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied the motion asking any justice expecting to run for re-election anytime in the future to consider not hearing the appeal ...

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Couples ask Ark. Supreme Court to deny stay in same-sex marriage case

Monday, August 18, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case. A judge in Pulaski County threw out the state's ban on gay marriage in May, and more than 500 same-sex couples ...

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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. AG: Justices do not need to recuse themselves in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, August 7, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas officials say a resolution passed by the Legislature and suggestions to allow recall of judges aren't enough of a reason for Arkansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from the case challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

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