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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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Ark. Supreme Court issues stay, puts same-sex marriage ruling on hold

| Friday, May 16, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas' whirlwind week of granting of marriage licenses to same-sex couples ended Friday when the state Supreme Court ordered a temporary stop just as a final pair completed their paperwork at a Little Rock courthouse.

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Four Ark. counties again asking court to suspend same-sex marriage ruling

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Arkansas Supreme Court building in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Four Arkansas counties are again asking the state's highest court to suspend a judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Ark. judge strikes down all state laws banning same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A judge cleared the way on Thursday for gay marriages to resume in Arkansas, striking down all state laws that prevent same-sex couples from marrying.

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Ark. gay marriages come to a halt after Supreme Court declines to stay ruling

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Gay couples line up to file paperwork for marriage licenses at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May12, 2014.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the state attorney general's request to put on hold a ruling that overturned Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, but the short-lived ability for same-sex couples to wed in the state still came to a halt amid confusion about what comes next.

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Attorneys ask Ark. Supreme Court not to suspend same-sex marriage ruling

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Attorneys for a group of same-sex couples are asking Arkansas' highest court to reject efforts to suspend a judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

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Ark. governor: State supreme court should decide marriage validity

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Gov. Mike Beebe (D-Ark.)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says it'll be up to the state's high court to decide whether hundreds of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples are valid while the state defends its gay marriage ban.

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Two more Ark. counties stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Supporters of same-sex marriage and others gather in the rotunda of the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May 12, 2014. Monday was the first day marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in the county.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Two more Arkansas counties have stopped issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying they will wait to hear from the state's highest court.

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History shades Arkansas’ same-sex marriage debate

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Washington County deputy county clerk Jennifer Sharpshair, far left, shows the competed marriage license to Diana Rister, second right, and Amy Grigg, third left, of Morrow, Ark., on Monday, May 12, 2014, while granddaughters Callie, 9, right, and Harley, 5, look on, in Fayetteville, Ark. Rister and Grigg, who said they’ve been together for 14 years, were the first in line after the county began issuing licenses to same-sex couples following a judge’s ruling overturning the state’s ban.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Fifty-seven years after federal troops escorted nine black students into Little Rock's Central High School as a white mob jeered, Arkansas again finds itself in the center of a debate over civil rights. This time, the issue is gay marriage, but the 1957 desegregation crisis still casts a shadow.

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Ark. health department allows same-sex couples on birth certificates

| Monday, May 12, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Department of Health is allowing same-sex couples to be listed as the parents on birth certificates after a judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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Civilization on the move? A weekend’s memorable LGBT moments

| Monday, May 12, 2014
Shon DeArmon, right, puts his arm around his partner James Porter while holding a flag outside the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., Monday, May 12, 2014. The state's largest county began issuing gay marriage licenses following a judge's ruling overturning Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
It was an eventful weekend: An openly gay football player kissed his boyfriend on national TV after being drafted by the NFL; same-sex marriage arrived in the Bible Belt; a bearded drag performer won one of the biggest TV song competitions in the world.

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