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    Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban - The Washington Post


    Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    By Associated Press, Published: May 9


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A judge on Friday struck down Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has “no rational reason” for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of same-sex couples. He didn’t put his ruling on hold as some judges have done in other states, opening the door for same-sex couples in Arkansas to begin seeking marriage licenses, though it wasn’t clear whether that would happen before Monday. “This is an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality,” Piazza wrote. “The exclusion of a minority for no rational reason is a dangerous precedent.”“It has been over 40 years since Mildred Loving was given the right to marry the person of her choice,” Piazza wrote, referring to that ruling. “The hatred and fears have long since vanished and she and her husband lived full lives together; so it will be for the same-sex couples. It is time to let that beacon of freedom shine brighter on all our brothers and sisters. We will be stronger for it.”

    The U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled that a law forbidding the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages was unconstitutional. Since then, lower-court judges have repeatedly cited the decision when striking down some of the same-sex marriage bans that were enacted after Massachusetts started recognizing gay marriages in 2004.
    Federal judges have ruled against marriage bans in Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Texas, and ordered Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.In all, according to gay-rights groups, more than 70 lawsuits seeking marriage equality are pending in about 30 states. Democratic attorneys general in several states — including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon and Kentucky — have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans.



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    Arkansas Judge Strikes Down State Ban on Gay Marriage - Bloomberg
    Arkansas ban on gay marriage struck down by county judge, with no stay*-*Los Angeles Times
    Arkansas judge strikes down state's ban on gay marriage
    Arkansas judge rules gay marriage ban unconstitutional | MSNBC
    Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage struck down by state judge - CNN.com


    Another one goes down. Theres only THREE states left that dont have somethign in the works to establish equal rights.
    ANOTHER judge ruled this way (unconstitutional) and referred to LOVING again, how many is that now? This keeps happening yet a handful of anti-rights people try to say they dont equate and are desperately clinging to that last false premise. Guess this is just another rouge judge of like 30+ so far. SOrry but this is a equal rights issue, this is a civil rights issue and it is like loving vs Virginia.


    Changes/Updates in RED
    5/10/14 Version 9.0

    24 States with Equal Rights (5 pending/stay)

    Massachusetts - May 17, 2004
    Connecticut - November 12, 2008
    Iowa - April 27, 2009
    Vermont - September 1, 2009
    New Hampshire - January 1, 2010
    Washing D.C. - March 9, 2010
    FALL OF DADT Dec 18, 2010
    New York - July 24, 2011
    Washington - December 6, 2012
    Maine - December 29, 2012
    Maryland - January 1, 2013
    FALL OF DOMA - June 26, 2013
    California - June 28, 2013
    Delaware - July 1, 2013
    Rhode Island - August 1, 2013
    Minnesota - August 1, 2013
    New Jersey - October 21, 2013
    Illinois - (ruled on Nov 20th 2013) June 1, 2014 effective
    Hawaii - December 2, 2013
    New Mexico – December 19, 2013
    Utah – December 20. 2013 ( Stayed and will be ruled on with OK)
    Oklahoma - ( Stayed and will be ruled on with UT)
    GSK v. Abbott Laboratories - January 21, 2014 (could be huge in gay rights, discrimination/heightened scrutiny)
    Kentucky - February 2/14/14 (Must recognize out-of-state marriages) which will lead to their ban being defeated
    Virginia - February 14/14 (Stayed)
    Texas - February 26/2014 (Stayed, pending 10th Circuit Court of Appeals)
    Michigan - March 21, 2014 (Stayed)
    Arkansas - May 5, 2014

    23 States Working Towards Equal Rights

    15 States with Pending Court Cases to Establish Equal Rights
    Alabama
    Idaho
    Indiana (ruling for ONE marriage but other law suits following)
    Kansas
    Georgia
    Louisiana
    Mississippi
    Nebraska
    North Carolina
    Pennsylvania (June 14 Trial)
    South Carolina
    Tennessee (Direct US Constitution Challenge)(Prilim in and 3 couples are recognized, later broader ruling coming)
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming


    5 States with Court Case(s) and Legislation to establish Equal Rights
    Arizona
    Florida
    Missouri
    Nevada
    Ohio (December 2013 trial) Trial had narrow ruling that Ohio will recognize OTHER state marriages but didn’t impact bans. New cases expected.

    3 States with Legislation to Establish Equal Rights
    Alaska
    Colorado
    Oregon

    thats 47 states that could have equal rights by 2016 and some much sooner!

    US Court of Appeals Tracker
    Map: Court Locator
    1st - all states have equal rights
    2nd - all states have equal rights
    3rd - pending
    4th - april/may court case
    5th- pending
    6th - pending
    7th- pending
    8th- two cases that the plaintiffs PLAN to take all the way up if needed but nothing pending
    9th- pending (statement released "as soon as possible")

    Also 3 State Attorney Generals no longer defending the constitutionality of bans, joining the case against them or reviewing their constitutionality
    Nevada
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania

    3 States that still have unequal rights and nothing pending to change it yet, that’s it 3
    Montana
    North Dakota
    South Dakota

    #EqualRightsAreWinning!!!!!!!!!!!!



    also please feel free to let me know of any corrections or updates that need made, equality is kicking so much ass its hard to keep up, thanks
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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    I missed these.

    Do you have any more info on the current or pending cases in the latter 23 states?

    The funny thing is, a lot of the antis have been going with the complaint that it shouldn't be a national issue. It should be done state by state. Well, apparently that's how it IS going. I guess they have no room to complain now.
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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I missed these.

    Do you have any more info on the current or pending cases in the latter 23 states?

    The funny thing is, a lot of the antis have been going with the complaint that it shouldn't be a national issue. It should be done state by state. Well, apparently that's how it IS going. I guess they have no room to complain now.
    Court rulings don't count, because apparently those aren't a legitimate part of the system for reasons that have never been clearly explained to me.

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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    The Arkansas case only applies to a specific county. It has not been ruled on at the state level yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I missed these.

    Do you have any more info on the current or pending cases in the latter 23 states?

    The funny thing is, a lot of the antis have been going with the complaint that it shouldn't be a national issue. It should be done state by state. Well, apparently that's how it IS going. I guess they have no room to complain now.
    This is not doing it state-by-state. We are talking federal courts making rulings based on their own dubious "interpretation" of the U.S. Constitution. It is being done "state-by-state" in the sense that a blatantly organized campaign to have non-recognition of gay marriage declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court is being waged state-by-state to increase the chances of it succeeding. It is no coincidence that the first states targeted are some of the most conservative states on the issue.
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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Arkansas Issues First Same-Sex Marriage License - TIME

    Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo received the first marriage license for a same-sex couple in Arkansas Saturday, a day after a federal judge struck down the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
    Arkansas issued its first same-sex marriage license Saturday morning as couples lined up outside a local courthouse one day after a judge overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

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    Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo of Forth Smith were the first Arkansas couple to receive a marriage license Saturday after Pulaski County judge Chris Piazza ruled the ban unconstitutional Friday. The couple has been together for four years.



    and it begins in Arkansas
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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I missed these.

    Do you have any more info on the current or pending cases in the latter 23 states?

    The funny thing is, a lot of the antis have been going with the complaint that it shouldn't be a national issue. It should be done state by state. Well, apparently that's how it IS going. I guess they have no room to complain now.
    When antifeds talk about the "state", they mean "the people", not overzealous judges. If the state votes to ban and the court overturns, that's not even close to letting the "people" decide.

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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Demon of Light View Post
    The Arkansas case only applies to a specific county. It has not been ruled on at the state level yet.



    This is not doing it state-by-state. We are talking federal courts making rulings based on their own dubious "interpretation" of the U.S. Constitution. It is being done "state-by-state" in the sense that a blatantly organized campaign to have non-recognition of gay marriage declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court is being waged state-by-state to increase the chances of it succeeding. It is no coincidence that the first states targeted are some of the most conservative states on the issue.
    I suggest you go to wikipedia on "same sex marriage in the united states", and scroll down to "States that license same-sex marriage" in order to get your facts straight.

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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I missed these.

    Do you have any more info on the current or pending cases in the latter 23 states?

    The funny thing is, a lot of the antis have been going with the complaint that it shouldn't be a national issue. It should be done state by state. Well, apparently that's how it IS going. I guess they have no room to complain now.
    What in participial are you looking for, there are some updates, some pending dates etc but i dont have it all saved. Ive been ill for a little while and im way behind.

    As far as the ones clinging to this is not a national issue thats a crock and always has been. Its pure dishonesty and they know it. Its never been a defensible position but yeah your right. It sorta has been going state by state. But the other failed complaint is that its "rogue judges" you know 30+ of them in multiple states all ruling very similar, its a conspiracy lol
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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    When antifeds talk about the "state", they mean "the people", not overzealous judges. If the state votes to ban and the court overturns, that's not even close to letting the "people" decide.
    The "people" are so wise that sometimes they think it's okay to curtail the rights of others because it's a majority vote.

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    Re: Arkansas judge strikes down gay marriage ban

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Court rulings don't count, because apparently those aren't a legitimate part of the system for reasons that have never been clearly explained to me.
    lol exactly

    its funny how fast people dont like rights being granted and protected when its not thier own rights. Its pure hypocrisy.
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