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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 governor selects 3 justices to hear same-sex marriage case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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A former Supreme Court justice who helped strike down Arkansas' ban on gay foster parents and an ex-legislator who tried to reinstate that prohibition were appointed Tuesday to help decide a case related to the challenge over same-sex marriage. [...]

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Arkansas governor to move quickly on appointments for same-sex marriage case

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.)
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he'll quickly appoint three special justices to hear a case a majority of the state Supreme Court says must be addressed before they can rule on whether to legalize same-sex marriage. [...]

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Couples ask Arkansas Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Kristin Seaton, center, of Jacksonville, Ark., holds up her marriage license as she leaves the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Ark., with her partner, Jennifer Rambo, left, of Fort Smith, Ark. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.
The couples challenging Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban are asking the state's highest court to lift its stay in the case and allow clerks to resume issuing same-sex marriage licenses. [...]

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Arkansas same-sex couples ‘stuck in limbo’ sue state for recognition

Saturday, February 14, 2015
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.
An attorney representing same-sex couples in Arkansas says her clients who received marriage licenses are "stuck in limbo" while state and federal courts consider whether gay marriage should be legal in the state. [...]

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Arkansas Supreme Court: Who should decide same-sex marriage case?

Thursday, February 5, 2015
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The Arkansas Supreme Court wants lawyers in a same-sex marriage case to tell it which justices they believe should decide the issue. [...]

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Arkansas AG asks for new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Friday, January 23, 2015
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R-Ark.)
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. [...]

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Uncertainty surrounds Arkansas same-sex marriage challenge

Monday, December 22, 2014
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The Arkansas Supreme Court's biggest piece of unfinished business as it wraps up 2014 is whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional. [...]

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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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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
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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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