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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Rights group wants federal recognition for same-sex couples married in Arkansas

Posted By on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

The Human Rights Campaign, led by Arkansas native Chad Griffinhas asked Attorney General Eric Holder to to ensure federal recognition of couples married in Arkansas during the week after Judge Chris Piazza's marriage equality ruling and before the state Supreme Court stayed the order while the case was on appeal.

HRC made a similar request for a similar group in Wisconsin. About 500 couples were married in Arkansas, most in Pulaski County.

“There is no legal reason to question the validity of these more than 1,000 marriages,” Griffin wrote. “Each was legally performed by a clerk representing the states of Arkansas and Wisconsin, in accordance with each state’s statutes and constitution. There is simply no reason for the United States government not to extend federal recognition to these couples.”

The Obama administration, in implementing the Windsor decision that struck down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, opened enormous federal benefits and programs to thousands of LGBT people.

I presume the Ghosts of Faubus in the Arkansas legislature will want to defy any expansion of federal benefits that requires help or coordination from a state agency. It is their religion to discriminate against gay people and, if you didn't know by now, their religion is ordained to be our law.

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