Panel dismisses complaint over Arkansas gay marriage case

LITTLE ROCK — An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that four members of the Arkansas Supreme Court delayed proceedings in a gay marriage lawsuit.

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Tuesday dismissed the complaint against Justices Karen Baker, Courtney Goodson, Jo Hart and Robin Wynne over the court's handling of the lawsuit over Arkansas' gay marriage ban.

The court in June dismissed the state's appeal of a judge's decision striking down the state ban. The decision came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide and months after the Arkansas court heard arguments in its case.

The Arkansas case had been sidelined over a dispute on the court over which justices should participate in the case. The complaint had been filed by the head of the Arkansas Stonewall Democrats.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.