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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gov. Beebe responds to lawsuit on state's gay marriage ban

Posted By on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM

I asked Gov. Mike Beebe's office yesterday for a response to the federal lawsuit that argues that the Arkansas constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution's equal rights and due process protections.

Matt DeCample provided this response today:

The only filings I anticipate our office submitting will be to contest the governor's inclusion as a party in the lawsuit, as he has no enforcement role relating to Amendment 83.

I think it is safe to say a different governor — Asa!, for example — would have taken the opportunity to sermonize on this occasion. For absence of that, disappointing as Beebe is on equality for sexual minorities, he still gets some credit.

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