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'50 Phenomenal Women' include historic Arkansans

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click to enlarge HAPPY COUPLE: Kristin Seato and Jennifer Rambo. - GRAV WELDON AND KAT ROBINSON
  • Grav Weldon and Kat Robinson
  • HAPPY COUPLE: Kristin Seato and Jennifer Rambo.

Kat Robinson, who with photographer Grav Weldon chronicled the historic Eureka Springs wedding of Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo, the first same-sex couple to be legally married within the borders of Arkansas, sends along this national magazine item.

It's a Glamour magazine article, "Hometown Heroes: 50 Phenomenal Women of the Year Who Are Making a Difference," and in addition to the photograph from Kat and Grav above, says:

On May 10, 2014, Kristin Seaton, 27, and Jennifer Rambo, 26, became the first same-sex couple to file for a marriage license in their home state and were legally married right afterward—another first. "We spent the night in our car at the courthouse to make sure we didn't miss out on getting our license," says Kristin. Adds Jennifer: "It's incredible knowing our future family will be protected." The Seaton-Rambos held a ceremony with family and friends in October.

Things do happen fast, don't they? Was it only last May that Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage? That set off an exciting Saturday in Eureka Springs, with couples rushing to the one open clerk's office in the state. The Pulaski clerk, Larry Crane, opened his doors Monday, and in a tumultuous week some 500 couples were married before the Arkansas Supreme Court called a halt. That court now sits on an appeal of Judge Piazza's ruling. A federal judge in Little Rock, Kristine Baker, last week also declared the ban unconstitutional

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