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Beebe: Court should decide marriage validity

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 13, 2014 at 12:07 p.m.

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says it'll be up to the state's high court to decide whether hundreds of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples are valid while the state defends its gay marriage ban.

Beebe told reporters Tuesday that the Supreme Court will ultimately have to decide whether the state should recognize the roughly 300 marriage licenses that have been issued since a Pulaski County judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

The state is appealing Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza's Friday ruling that the ban was unconstitutional, and has asked the Supreme Court to stay his order.

Beebe also dismissed the suggestion by some Republican lawmakers that Piazza be impeached for his ruling, saying that process shouldn't be used if someone disagrees with a judge's decision.


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Dontcallmenames says... May 13, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

If homosexual “marriage” is universally accepted as the present step in sexual “freedom,” what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behavior? Indeed, radical elements of certain “avant garde” subcultures are already advocating such aberrations.

The railroading of same-sex “marriage” on the American people makes increasingly clear what homosexual activist Paul Varnell wrote in the Chicago Free Press:

"The gay movement, whether we acknowledge it or not, is not a civil rights movement, not even a sexual liberation movement, but a moral revolution aimed at changing people's view of homosexuality."

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Pacorabone says... May 13, 2014 at 4:59 p.m.

imagine that.... What does our Gov do on this matter... exactly what he has done for the last 7 years....NOTHING!! This is the most DO NOTHING Gov. the state has ever seen.

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Nodmcm says... May 13, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.

Dontcallmenames has a point. Just think, a young man at 18 years of age can operate an Abrams tank-mounted cannon if he is in the Army, but he can't drink a beer legally. This law might change. People under 18 cannot vote, but they can go to prison for years and years. Is this fair, should this rule be changed? Probably pedophilia will always be illegal, because children are not considered able to give consent. Marriage to or sex with animals will never be allowed, because we cannot determine the animal's will, so it would be cruel to subject them to likely unwanted sex. To a lot of Arkansans, inter-racial sex and homosexuality are equally abhorrent. We are past fighting inter-racial sex, and we are getting close to being past fighting homosexuality including gay marriage. The next challenge for conservatives from the left will be the movement to provide, at government expense, universal child care for working mothers, just like Japan and all the countries of Europe provide for their mothers.

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ThinkFree says... May 13, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

Po - You are "Po"etic
Beebe is on the wrong side of public sentiment on this. This is, after all, not California...

( | suggest removal ) says... May 14, 2014 at 6:06 a.m.

This is why I never ever vote for Democrats. They are destroying the country. GOP isn't doing much to stop them. Woe is me.

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WolfEddie says... May 14, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.

The folks of Arkansas, even the bigots, are acting classier than they did in 1957, Arkansas' year of infamy.

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