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Arkansas defends gay-marriage ban as hearing nears

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 20, 2014 at 11:15 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Opponents and supporters of Arkansas' ban on gay marriage are sparring in court filings over whether the state's constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage serves a legitimate purpose and can be challenged at the state level.

Attorneys for the state and a group of same-sex couples filed competing arguments in Pulaski County court Wednesday seeking summary judgment over the challenge to a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2004 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

A hearing is scheduled April 17 over the motions.

Attorneys for the state and the Faulkner County clerk argued in part that opponents can't challenge the ban in state court since it's enshrined in the Arkansas constitution. Opponents argue the ban violates the equal protection guaranteed under the constitution.

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djigoo says... March 20, 2014 at 3:59 p.m.

CommonSenseHelps, I assume you never eat shrimp or wear cotton/poly blends.

Those are clearly sinful, according to scripture.

And anyone who believes sexual identity is somehow "chosen" is too moronic to engage in civilized debate.

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Packman says... March 20, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

@23Cal - Civil rights and 14th Amendment protections for pedophiles? If you say so, 23.
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And I'm glad you brought up that compelling reason thought. Threats to public and social welfare have been used as "compelling reasons" to prohibit unrestricted choice and state sanctioning of lots of behavior, from smoking cigarettes in certain places to women going topless in public. State sanctioned gay marriage has the government sanctioning a behavior that has proven public health risks. It's a FACT that gay men are some 100 times more likely to acquire the AS virus than straight men and about 150 times more likely to be diagnosed with anal cancer. You might want to re-think your "crux of the matter" statement. You may now stop being amazed....
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But I do give you too much credit, 23. I figured you smart enough to understand the example of pedophilia used to illustrate the slippery slope of "marriage equality". You lumped pedophilia with anal love out of context, not me. You and surfergoo are as filled with "phobia" as those you call homophobes so long as you oppose marriage equality for siblings and polygamists (forget pedophiles and focus only on consenting adults). Does this make you and surfergoo ignorant and hate-filled, 23?

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Populist says... March 20, 2014 at 5:58 p.m.

If gay people are together as a couple, there is no reason that they should not be allowed to get marry. The arguments against polygamy do not apply. Consenting adults should be able to marry. Fortunately, most of the country has come around on this. Let's all try to be a little nicer to one another.

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Dontcallmenames says... March 20, 2014 at 6:08 p.m.

What kind of phobia is it if you say I can't marry a 14-year old? Or can't marry a dog? Or can't marry a dead person? You must be a hater if you say I can't do any of these too.

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nwar says... March 20, 2014 at 6:28 p.m.

Donn'tcallmenames - you're arguments are ridiculous. Homosexuality is about CONSENTING ADULTS. Kids can't consent. Animals can't consent. And anyone who marries a "dead person" is only trying to get benefits. Please, enough with the juvenile nonsense.

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Populist says... March 20, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

CommonSense--not,

Christ never said a word about homosexuality. Paul was a man--not God. The next time you open up the Bible, read Christ's words and open up your heart to the message of love.

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T6 says... March 20, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.

A British woman divorced her husband and married her Jack Russell. True story.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... March 20, 2014 at 7:18 p.m.

Nice Heinlein reference, Po.

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aimee says... March 20, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.

Laws that seek to prosecute "victimless crimes" usually die out of their own accord...

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