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Legislation repudiates Supreme Court ruling on marriage

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 4:04 PM

ARKANSAS'S FIRST: Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo, of Fort Smith, were the state's first same-sex couple to be officially married. - KAT WILSON
  • Kat Wilson
  • ARKANSAS'S FIRST: Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo, of Fort Smith, were the state's first same-sex couple to be officially married.

In a legislative filing day full of nuttiness, this one stands out:

It's House Bill 2098 by 20 representatives and one senator to "re-enact" legislation deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and make same-sex marriage illegal in Arkansas, whether the union was entered here or in a state or country where such unions are legal.

The continued animus toward same-sex marriage is unsurprising, of course. It perhaps is based on a belief that Donald Trump can reshape the Supreme Court majority on the issue. But the repudiation of the old doctrine of recognition of the legality of other states' laws is something else.

Marriages between persons of the same sex are prohibited in this state. Any marriage entered into by a person of the same sex, when a marriage license is issued by another state or by a foreign jurisdiction, shall be void in Arkansas, and any contractual or other rights granted by virtue of that license, including its termination, shall be unenforceable in the Arkansas courts.
Is this a great state or what?

The dishonor roll of sponsors:

By: Representatives S. Meeks, Drown, Gates, Brown, Dotson, C. Douglas, L. Fite, Holcomb, House, Ladyman, Lowery, Lynch, McNair, D. Meeks, Payton, Petty, Rye, Sorvillo, Sullivan, Womack

By: Senator Collins-Smith

They undoubtedly took heart at the Arkansas Supreme Court's craven failure to rule on the issue, saying on that it was moot because of the Supreme Court. At least, I guess, the Arkansas court acknowledged the U.S. court.

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