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McDaniel: Supports gay marriage, will defend ban

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 3, 2014 at 10:47 a.m. Updated May 3, 2014 at 11:24 a.m.

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel talks at a Little Rock, Ark., news conference Tuesday, May7, 2013, about his office's work related to an oil pieline spill earlier this year in Mayflower, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Saturday that he supports allowing same-sex couples to wed, but will continue defending his state's 2004 ban on gay marriage in court.

McDaniel, a Democrat serving his final year as the state's top attorney, became the first statewide official in Arkansas to back same-sex marriage.

"I want to tell you I do support marriage equality and I do believe Arkansans should have the right to be equal in the eyes of the law," McDaniel said, speaking at the Associated Press Managing Editors convention.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman, but that ban and others nationwide are facing legal challenges.

Seventeen states allow gay marriage, and federal judges have struck down bans in Michigan, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia. An Arkansas judge is expected to rule by Friday in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas' ban.

"I'm going to zealously defend our constitution, but at the same time I think it's important to let people [know] where I stand on the matter," McDaniel said after his speech.

McDaniel had voiced support for civil unions when he ran for attorney general in 2006, but said then he believed marriage was between a man and a woman. McDaniel ran briefly for governor but dropped out early last year.

McDaniel said he was not calling on any other statewide officials or candidates to support gay marriage, and said he would not campaign for ending the ban while serving as attorney general.

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AntiPostmodernismLeague says... May 3, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

God is love, but He is also a just God and cannot tolerate sin.
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"We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral and homosexuals, for kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and for whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching based on the glorious gospel of the blessed God that was entrusted to me" (1 Tim. 1:9-11).
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"I tell you, unless you repent, you will all perish as well" (Luke 13:3).
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"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Rom. 10:9).

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djigoo says... May 3, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Zzzzzzzz....

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NoUserName says... May 3, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

"but said then he believed marriage was between a man and a woman."
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Or...a man and a woman and his mistress. I know, but I couldn't resist.

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ajsfishhouse_verizon.net says... May 3, 2014 at 11:54 p.m.

Maybe I am reading this wrong But I think the Arkansas Attorney General is talking out of both sides of his mouth. How can you support same sex marriage and defend the states 2004 law banning gay marriage in court? It has to be one way or the other. I don't think he is backing gay marriage. I think he is a typical politician who says what he thinks he needs to say to accomplish whatever he wants people to believe.

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