Two years of marriage equality and the American family still stands | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Two years of marriage equality and the American family still stands

Posted By on Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 8:17 AM

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The New York Times has talked with a dozen couples
who married the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws against same-sex marriage in a landmark 5-4 decision June 26, 2015.

The American family still stands. The war against dignity continues, however, with the likes of a discriminatory birth certificate procedure for same-sex parents in Arkansas and a brand-new Texas law to discriminate against gay people in adopting children, among many other official acts aimed at preserving discrimination against LGBT people.

The two-year anniversary tomorrow is also a good time to remember that, for a brief and shining period, Arkansas was on the cutting edge of freedom and dignity thanks to Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling May 9, 2014 that the state law prohibiting same-sex unions was unconstitutional. For a heady week, hundreds of couples rushed to marry in Arkansas, before the state Supreme Court stepped in to halt the proceedings and then, thanks to shameful machinations by some of its members, delayed deciding the case until the U.S. Supreme Court decided it for them.

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