Judge Kristine Baker has asked the state to respond to an expedited motion from plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage asking her to vacate the stay she placed on her ruling in November. That could indicate Baker's willingness to lift her stay, which would make same-sex marriage once again legal in Arkansas.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s corrections proposal, legislative bids to end fluoridation, create a state Homeland Security and raid general revenue to pay for highway construction; Dennis Milligan running afoul of the state’s anti-nepotism law, resistance emerging to local LGBT protections and more — all covered on this week's podcast.
A fight could be brewing over regulation of puppy mills, with legislation planned to better protect dogs and opposition already underway from a state representative who makes a living working with commercial dog breeders.
It is hard for a straight person, The Observer included, to imagine what it would be like to be born gay — to be shipwrecked here on this space-going clod, where nearly every textbook, novel, film and television show, nearly every blaring screen or billboard or magazine ad, reinforces the idea that "normal" means "heterosexual."
The Presbytery of Arkansas, the governing body for Presbyterian churches in the northern two-thirds of Arkansas, met Saturday at Clarksville and adopted a resolution urging Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto SB 202, which is aimed at preventing local government from passing anti-discrimination laws to protect gay people. The Presbytery also expressed its opposition to a pending House bill that, in the name of "conscience," would protect those who discriminate against gay people.