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Gay marriage in Arkansas

Fee request rejected in gay-marriage suit

In a one-sentence order Friday, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza denied a request to award at least $351,808 in fees to the lawyers who prevailed in the lawsuit that challenged the legality of Arkansas' gay-marriage ban. The money would come from the state and county defendants. "Comes no...

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Court asks sides how to close case on gay marriage

posted: 07/01/2015 3:12 a.m. Discuss

Michael Gans, clerk for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, asked attorneys Tuesday to weigh in on how the court should dispose of a pending appeal concerning Arkansas’ samesex marriage bans, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Friday outlawing such bans across the country.

Looking at options, GOP says of ruling

posted: 07/01/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Republicans in the Arkansas House of Representatives will work with other conservative leaders in the state and nationwide to "explore all available options" to challenge last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal, majority leader Ken Bragg, R-Sheridan, said Tuesday.

Cleburne County clerk will resign over same-sex marriage licenses

updated: 06/29/2015 4:25 p.m. Comments 55

LITTLE ROCK — A county clerk in Arkansas plans to resign effective Tuesday because of a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

U.S. decision on marriages trumps states'

updated: 06/28/2015 4:26 a.m. Comments 5

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage Friday settled pending state and federal challenges to Arkansas' ban on such unions, attorneys said.

Ruling seen in play in '16

updated: 06/28/2015 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

State politicians say the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Friday striking down bans on same-sex marriage will be a campaign issue in 2016, but they won't know if it's an effective one until votes are cast.

City finds licenses now legal, no rush

posted: 06/28/2015 4:23 a.m. Comment 1

There were four people in line Saturday when the Carroll County Courthouse opened at 9 a.m. to issue marriage licenses for four hours.

NW’s parade swells with pride

posted: 06/28/2015 3:47 a.m. Discuss

A woman walking near the front of the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade on Saturday morning clasped hands with her partner among the rainbow-colored flags.

Again, gays get state licenses

posted: 06/27/2015 4:11 a.m. Discuss

County clerks across Arkansas began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that states can't prohibit same-sex marriage.

Couples jubilant long journey is over

posted: 06/27/2015 3:55 a.m. Discuss

They met in a crime-ridden part of Memphis at a nondescript gay nightclub marked only by a small sign in 1972.

Courthouse trip is order of day for state couples

updated: 06/27/2015 3:18 a.m. Discuss

The tears just kept coming, pooling under Erica Byars' glasses. Natalie Corson wiped them from her bride's cheek.

After ruling, religious resistance still firm

updated: 06/27/2015 3:13 a.m. Comment 1

The three largest religious bodies in Arkansas say Friday's Supreme Court ruling hasn't altered their opposition to same-sex marriage.

Reaction to Ruling

posted: 06/27/2015 3:11 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas officials and political activists respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Arkansas court dismisses state gay marriage case

posted: 06/26/2015 5:46 p.m. Comments 2

Arkansas' highest court has dismissed a gay marriage lawsuit that had been filed in state court now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.

Some counties hold back same-sex licenses

updated: 06/26/2015 1:10 p.m. Comment 1

Some Arkansas counties are postponing the issuance of marriage licenses for same-sex couples despite a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing such unions.

First same-sex couple in Pulaski County married after ruling

updated: 06/26/2015 1:32 p.m. Video | Comments 14

The first couple to receive a same-sex wedding license in Pulaski County after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay unions was married Friday by the same judge who struck down the ban in Arkansas last year.

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