8th Circuit cancels hearing on Arkansas same-sex marriage case | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

8th Circuit cancels hearing on Arkansas same-sex marriage case

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 3:55 PM

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced today that it had canceled hearings scheduled May 12 on appeals from four states, including Arkansas, of lower court decisions invalidating bans on same-sex marriage. It is awaiting the U.S. Supreme Court decision in similar cases from other circuits.

The decision was announced on the court's website and posted links to identical orders in each case.

On the court’s own motion, oral arguments and any further consideration of these cases will be deferred pending the Supreme Court of the United States’ decisions in Nos. 14-556, 14- 562, 14-571, and 14-574 James Obergefell, et al. v. Richard Hodges, etc., et al.

The reference is to arguments yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule by June. A decision by the Supreme Court won't necessarily address issues identical to those in the 8th Circuit cases, just as the decision won't resolve all questions pending in a separate case before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

The Arkansas court could, for example, rule that the state's own equal protection provision in our constitution prevents discrimination against gay people, a holding that would be rooted in the decision that overturned the state's criminal sodomy statute. That would be courageous decision, of coure, should the U.S. Supreme Court say states are free under the U.S. Constitution to discriminate against gay people in state law.

PS: New polling shows a majority of the people in Iowa — Iowa — support same-sex marriage, 50-41. 80 percent say it has had no or a positive effect on their lives.

UPDATE: Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who is fighting to preserve legal discrimination against gay couples in Arkansas, issued a statement of disappointment:

“I am disappointed by the Eighth Circuit’s decision not to hold oral argument in Arkansas's appeal in defense of the constitutionality of Arkansas Amendment 83. This case is important to the people of Arkansas, and the Eighth Circuit has the authority to rule regardless of what is occurring before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation