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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:04:00

Arguments today in lawsuits challenging Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage

Two hearings are scheduled in state and federal court today on separate lawsuits challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the state's lack of recognition for those married legally in other states.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 16:16:00

Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce calls for repeal of civil rights ordinance

Openly opposing the rights of gay and trans people is increasingly seen as a losing prospect for business-minded leaders — just look at Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent decision to come out. Not so in Fayetteville, whose Chamber of Commerce is now urging voters to repeal the landmark civil rights ordinance passed by the city council in August.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:35:00

Lawsuit fails to stop Fayetteville election on civil rights ordinance

A woman who signed a petition calling for an election on the Fayetteville civil rights ordinance testified Wednesday that canvassers misled her about the content of the petition drive. She thought it was in support of the ordinance. But the lawsuit was in vain. A Fayetteville judge has cleared the way to the ballot for the effort to repeal the ordinance.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 15:32:38

UPDATE: Arizona joins the march to marriage equality; Arkansas lawyers move to speed up cases

As news comes of another state, Arizona, where the way has been cleared for same-sex marriage, a lawyer in two suits in Arkansas for similar equality has taken steps to speed court consideration of pending cases.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 07:06:00

Families arise to defend same-sex marriage in court brief

A friend of the court brief in the challenge of Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban tells emotional stories of love and families built by people discriminated against under Arkansas law.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 15:06:00

Arkansas Supreme Court denies stay request on gay marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court this morning denied Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's motion to stay the case challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. The Court denied it without comment.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 08:10:00

Many GOP politicians waving white flag on gay marriage — how about in Arkansas?

Lots of national reporters are noting that Republican governors and senators are by and large reacting with a shrug to the Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals from give states where lower courts had struck down bans on same-sex marriages. Will Arkansas lag behind?

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 09:27:00

US Supreme Court says same-sex marriage can proceed in five states with prior bans

The Supreme Court denied review of the attempts by petitioners in five states to reverse lower-court decisions that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. All of those states, much like Arkansas, had previously banned gay marriages before lower courts struck down the prohibitions.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 02:27:00

Missouri judge rules for marriage equality

Another victory for marriage equality in Missouri. In this ACLU-backed case, a couple challenged a ban as it applies to couples legally married in other states. They won. Th

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 15:37:00

Petitions submitted today to repeal Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

Petitions were submitted today in Fayetteville by proponents of legal discrimination against gay people. They want a special election on the city's new civil rights ordinance, which covers multiple classes of people but is controversial because of LGBT protection.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:25:00

Group raising money to fight Fayetteville civil rights ordinance

As expected, organizing is well advanced from a predominantly conservative church-led movement to fight the new Fayetteville ordinance intended to prevent discrimination in employment and housing on account of sexual orientation.

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:44:00

Briefs in same-sex marriage case include one defendant, Larry Crane, urging end to ban

Defendants' briefs were due today in the same-sex marriage lawsuit and one of them, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane, agreed that the ban should be overturned. His brief is a powerful declaration in favor of equality for same-sex couples and castigates the state for wanting to move slowly.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:45:00

Federal judge in Louisiana breaks string of victories for marriage equality

A federal judge in New Orleans, Reagan appointee Martin Feldman, has upheld Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage, the first in a line of more than 20 federal decisions that did not find such bans unconstitutional. The decision will be appealed.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:13:00

Central Arkanas Pride Parade for equality set Oct. 5

Mark your calendar for the 2nd Central Arkansas Pride parade and festival in support of LGBT people at 2 p.m. Sunday Oct. 5.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 06:48:00

Marriage equality: Tradition doesn't justify discrimination, judge says

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?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 14:49:00

Marriage equality comes to Florida

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.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 18:42:00

Fayetteville Council votes 6-2 for civil rights ordinance that protects gay, transgender people

At 3:20 a.m. today, the Fayetteville City Council voted 6-2 to approve a historic civil rights ordinance that includes LGBT people in its umbrella of employment, housing and accommodation protections. The vote followed 10 hours of comment from 140 people and poignant testimony from gay and transgender people about discrimination they've experienced.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:46:00

UPDATE: Fayetteville debates civil rights ordinance — and restrooms — tonight

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.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:54:00

Michelle Duggar and the Family Council try to torpedo Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance with lies

The Arkansas Family Council has enlisted Michelle Duggar to oppose a Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance with a fear-mongering robocall.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 11:58:00

Equal rights: It's always about the bathroom

It's always about the bathroom when the so-called Christians fight equal rights — whether for women or gay people. No, it's not about getting men in the women's locker room.

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