Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by state judge

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(CNN) — Arkansas became the latest state to have its ban on same-sex marriage overturned, after a state judge Friday declared the voter-approved measure to be unconstitutional.

Twenty-one gay and lesbian couples were part of a group of plaintiffs challenging Amendment 83 to the Arkansas constitution, saying it violated their federal and state rights of equal protection and privacy.

There was no indication from the court the decision would be stayed, meaning some same-sex couples could presumably begin getting married immediately. The state has the option of asking for a stay on enforcement, and the legal fight is now likely headed to the state supreme court.

“Our freedoms are often acquired slowly, but our country has evolved as a beacon of liberty in what is sometimes a dark world. These freedoms include a right to privacy,” said Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza. “It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters. We will be stronger for it.”

By Bill Mears

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  • "Opinionated"

    “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman for that is an abomination to the LORD.”
    (Leviticus 18:22)

    • BibleVersesForgotten

      “Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you.”
      (Leviticus 11:12)

      Get the Red Lobsters shut down 1st and only then will we talk about your verse. Sound fair? Your god character saw fit to mention the shellfish first so clearly it is more important to him that no one eat shellfish than one man eating another’s cock.

      Try again and think it through just a little better this time, huh?

  • rose

    Why waste the tax dollars to put things on a ballet for voters to vote on if they are not going to recognize what the majority of voters want? Why bother, just let the judges make the laws, that’s what they are doing anyway. Just cut out the middle man–VOTERS.

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