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Hearing set in challenge to state's gay-marriage ban

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 17, 2014 at 7:12 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Advocates of ending Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.

More than three dozen people are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit challenging Arkansas' voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Circuit Judge Chris Piazza is to preside over the hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Rock.

Late last year, Piazza refused to grant a motion by the state that sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but he also refused to grant a motion by the couples suing, who asked him to block enforcement of the ban.

The plaintiffs include 21 same-sex couples and a woman who wants to dissolve her New York marriage to another woman.

Voters passed a 2004 constitutional amendment stipulating marriage is between one man and one woman.

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Dontcallmenames says... April 17, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

The voter passed an amendment, that should be the end of the story. I don't care what a judge thinks or a bunch of people who don't know what the word "marriage" means. I'm tired of people trying to redefine a word that has a clear meaning.

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RBBrittain says... April 17, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.

@DCMN: When civil rights are involved (and marriage IS a civil right), even voters do NOT have the constitutional right to take those away. Just because YOUR religion (or even mine) has a certain definition of "marriage" does NOT make that the LEGAL definition, because civil marriage is NOT the same thing as religious marriage; even though we historically allow ministers to proclaim both in a single ceremony, Catholics still must get BOTH a legal divorce from the courthouse AND a religious annulment from Rome. I'm not saying same-sex marriage is right (my own religion--Baptist, *not* Catholic--forbids it, and that's NOT gonna change anytime soon); but I do believe it's inevitable.

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