A federal judge has struck down Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. A federal appeals court refused to stay the ruling. In Oregon, the state declined to defend the law because, as in Arkansas, it's demonstrably a denial of equal rights and due process under the U.S. Constitution to discriminate against people on account of sexual orientation.
In Arkansas, of course, the majority of the legislature doesn't recognize the U.S. Constitution except when it comes to guns.
States attempting to defend discrimination against gay couples in marriage had a tough time in arguments yesterday before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Commentary from Judge Richard Posner, a Reagan appointee, was particularly sharp. Where are Arkansas judges? /more/
A federal judge has ruled Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The nearly unbroken honor roll continues. Time for Arkansas courts — state Supreme and federal district — to get off their duffs and onto the right side of history with Judge Chris Piazza and dozens of others. /more/
Talking Points Memo says the decision is merely procedural and no reflection on the merits, but it is nonetheless not a happy sign that the U.S. Supreme Court has put a halt to enforcement of a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia. /more/
A panel of the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has refused to stay its ruling that invalidated Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage while state officials attempt to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. /more/
Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriages filed a motion today asking any Supreme Court justice who expects to seek election again to recuse from the case on account of legislative retaliation threatened against judges who might /more/
Kat Robinson reports that several hundred were on hand Saturday in Eureka Springs for the Big Gay Wedding Reception thrown to honor those who became the first same-sex couples to marry in Arkansas when Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling was briefly in force. /more/
The Republican Party has lost a bid to open some records of Gov. Mike Beebe to legal scrutiny. It's too bad, but there's a way to bring more sunshine to the executive branch, if only the Republican legislative majority was willing.
Remember the Koch retreat at a fancy California resort that caused Tom Cotton to miss the Pink Tomato Festival in Warren. Shades of Mitt Romney. A tape of the proceedings has emerged. And it includes rich praise for Tom Cotton, particularly his votes against the interests of Arkansas farmers.