Organizations in Arkansas from both ends of the political spectrum are finding things to celebrate from a ruling Monday by the U. Supreme Court. In a decision, the U. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the grounds that it violated his religious beliefs. Jerry Cox, president of the Family Council, a conservative education and research group in Arkansas, sees the ruling as a win. Asa Hutchinson eventually issued a directive that the department treat married lesbian couples the same as married heterosexual couples and to include the names of both spouses on birth certificates. An Arkansas judge has halted the state from issuing new birth certificates until officials are able to comply with a U.
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The lawsuit filed by Searcy lawyer Cheryl Maples on behalf of a number of gay and lesbian couples seeking to strike down Arkansas bans on same-sex marriage has been amended to drop the governor and attorney general as defendants. Jack Wagoner , a Little Rock lawyer who also has filed a separate suit for dfiferent plaintiffs in federal court, has joined Maples as co-counsel in the state case. It states no reason for dropping the state officers as defendants. It retains the director of the state Health Department, which maintains records such as birth and death certificates that are pertinent to discrimination claims, and several county clerks, who issue marriage licenses. Counties will have to supply their own legal defense on the charge that clerks are unconstitutionally refusing to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Removal of Gov. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has long been viewed as friendly to the equal rights cause.
Wright v. Arkansas
With the Supreme Court's ruling Friday morning, same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. For the 36 states, plus the District of Columbia, where such unions are already permitted, the ruling is cause for celebration for the LGBT community, and won't have any actual effect. But what about the 14 states where gay marriage hasn't been fully implemented—where there are laws banning it, for example, or it's in legal limbo?
Same-sex marriage in Arkansas is legal under the U. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges , a landmark case in which same-sex marriage bans were struck down on June 26, Prior to that, same-sex marriage in Arkansas was briefly legal for a period beginning on May 9, , as the result of a ruling by Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Chris Piazza , striking down the state's constitutional and legislative ban on same-sex marriage as violating the Constitution of the United States. Approximately same-sex couples received marriage licenses in several Arkansas counties before the Arkansas Supreme Court stayed his ruling pending appeal on May 16,