ALL TOGETHER: Katherine Uselton and Jessica Lynn Greene, of Fort Smith, celebrate their marriage license with their children.
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MARRIED AGAIN: Marie Howard (left) and Trella Laughlin, of Eureka Springs, wait in line at the Carroll County Courthouse to apply for a marriage license. They were married in Iowa in August 2013, but wanted to get married again in Arkansas.
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ARKANSAS'S FIRST: Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo, of Fort Smith, were the state's first same-sex couple to be officially married.
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IT'S TIME: Zeek Taylor and Dick Titus, together for 42 years.
The Fayetteville City Council is expected to vote tonight on a city civil rights ordinance that is controversial because — among the classes it protects — are LGBT people. As ever, the Religious Right is using bathroom hysteria as a wedge issue. /more/
The Fayetteville City Council amended a proposed civil rights ordinance to satisfy some objections, but people with religious objections to preventing discrimination against gay people turned out to protest the measure. /more/
At a press conference in the State Capitol rotunda this morning, the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual support and advocacy organization, announced the new state director of HRC Arkansas, and the results of the largest survey of LGBT Arkansans ever conducted in the state. /more/
As expected, the Arkansas Legislative Council easily approved Sen. Jason Rapert's resolution endorsing Arkansas's constitutional discrimination against gay couples in marriage. It includes encouragement of legislative action to prevent judges from negating the "will of the people." /more/
This mailer is going out in Faulkner County. It's meant to discourage voters from signing petitions for an election in November to vote Faulkner County wet. Currently, alcohol is only available in "private clubs." It's a tussle that could go statewide between beer sellers and county line liquor stores
Two people were killed with two trains collided near Hwy. 67 early this morning, and State Police are evacuating residents of the southern end of the city while the trains burn. U.S. 67 south of Hoxie and U.S. 63 are closed. The trains were carrying hazardous chemicals.
Give Arkansas a Raise Now, the group seeking to qualify a ballot measure to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017, turned in an additional 69,070 signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State's office today.
American Bridge, the liberal PAC formed by David Brock, the former Clinton foe now dedicated to round-the-clock Hillary Clinton defender, is out today with a new report on environmental impacts and layoffs from Koch Industries. The report focuses on the business activities of the Koch brothers — more famous for hundreds of millions in political spending aimed at slashing government services, regulation and taxes — in twelve states, including Arkansas. From the report: "The Kochs' extreme, self-serving agenda is bad for working families. And that reality is starkly embodied not only by their political persuasions, but by their business endeavors."
Ceramicist Barbara Satterfield, one of the Arkansas Times' "Visionaries" in 2013, has announced the creation of a touring, interactive sculpture exhibit that will be installed in public places in Helena, Heber Springs, Dardanelle and Warren before the final exhibition at the Cox Creative Center.