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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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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 arguments in separate but similar lawsuits Thursday.

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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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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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