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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 07:18:00

Lawyers in Tennessee marriage case get $2 million

I'm about to decide that the lawyers who fought for marriage equality in state and federal courts in Arkansas got screwed. Get a load of what a Tennessee judge just gave winners of the lawsuit there challenging a same-sex marriage ban.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 09:16:00

Opposition to same-sex marriage costs Kentucky $1.1 million

Arkansas got off light, with tiny attorney fee awards in lawsuits successfully challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage. Kentucky must pay more than $1 million.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 06:30:00

Mexico outpaces U.S. on marriage equality

Despite bans continuing in many Mexican states, the NYT concludes that same-sex marriage is now de facto legal throughout the country.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 14:14:00

Today is 'Loving Day,' a celebration of the fall of anti-miscegenation laws

'Loving Day' is today, June 12 — the anniversary of the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws in 16 states against interracial marriage. Arkansas was one of those states.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 11:17:00

Arkansas Supreme Court rules predictably in case created to delay same-sex marriage ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today that the Court's current seven members should decide a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:23:00

Supreme Court sets marriage arguments April 28; big business weighs in for equality

The U.S. Supreme Court has set oral arguments for April 28 on the momentous case to decide whether marriage equality will come to the 12 states, including Arkansas, not yet covered by equality laws or court rulings. (Make it 13, since Alabama courts have declared themselves supreme to federal courts.)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:15:00

Look who supports gay marriage: The Kochs and them

If only they'd make this part of an ALEC convention, perhaps some Arkansas legislators would be turned around on their opposition to marriage equality. But supporters of same-sex marriage in Republican circles, up to the Koch level, is a sign of how far behind the curve Arkansas and Alabama and Co. are on changing attitudes toward sexual discrimination.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 10:57:00

State opposes lifting of stay in same-sex marriage case

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed the state's response Friday to a request from plaintiffs that the Arkansas Supreme Court lift the stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling in the same-sex marriage case.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 10:56:00

Same-sex couple jointly adopt in Northwest Arkansas

KNWA reports on a piece of family law history from Northwest Arkansas: the first same-sex couple granted a joint adoption in Arkansas.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 07:06:00

Justice Ginsburg: Public ready for same-sex marriage

Vox reports on an interview by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with Bloomberg in which she said she believes the public is ready to accept same-sex marriage.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 14:47:00

Arkansas man in landmark federal case over Social Security benefits for same-sex spouse

Interesting report from KUAF's Jacqueline Froelich on a federal lawsuit in Illinois that challenges as unconstitutional the Arkansas ban on recognition of same-sex marriages legally entered in other states.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 14:09:00

Justices say Supreme Court tipped hand on marriage ruling

I think I agree with Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia for once. I think the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold rulings that overturned same-sex marriage bans.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 09:27:00

Arkansas Supreme Court injects more delay into same-sex marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court today again deferred ruling on the appeal of the decision invalidating state bans on same-sex marriage.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 11:30:00

Obama backs Social Security benefits for same-sex couples in all states

President Obama's budget provides Social Security benefits for all married couples, including same-sex married couples who live in the 14 states, including Arkansas, where same-sex marriage has not been legalized.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 11:46:00

Plaintiffs object to new arguments in same-sex marriage case

Attorneys for plaintiffs in the case that resulted in Judge Chris Piazza's order striking down the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage, have objected to Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's request for a second round of oral arguments in the case.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 16:43:00

Another marriage ban fails, this one in South Dakota

The U.S. Constitution's promise of equal protection marches on. A federal judge in South Dakota has struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 12:13:00

Changed Arkansas Supreme Court to hear marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court will have to conference again to decide how to rule on the appeal of the same-sex marriage again because court membership changed Jan. 1.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:18:00

Arkansas Supreme Court won't rule today on same-sex marriage ban

The Arkansas Supreme Court didn't rule today in the challenge to the state ban on same-sex marriage. It heard oral arguments Nov. 20 and could rule at any time, but the case wasn't among decisions released today.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:34:00

Federal judge strikes down Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

Federal Judge Kristine Baker has struck down Arkansas's ban on same-sex marriage. I'll have the decision for you shortly.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:04:00

Arguments today in lawsuits challenging Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage

Two hearings are scheduled in state and federal court today on separate lawsuits challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the state's lack of recognition for those married legally in other states.

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