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Arkansas Judge Hears Arguments in Case Challenging State's Gay Marriage Ban: VIDEO


A judge in Arkansas heard arguments on Thursday on whether a case challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage should proceed or be dismissed, the AP reports:

ArkansasA number of same-sex couples sued in July, two weeks after the U.S Supreme Court issued two rulings supporting gay-marriage laws. They claim a 2004 constitutional amendment approved by Arkansas voters, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman, should be thrown out.

Some of the couples want Arkansas to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Others want the opportunity to marry. They say the federal court decision supports them. But Assistant Attorney General Colin Jorgenson said the voters' will — Amendment 83 passed by a 3-1 margin — could not be thrown out because the state's residents had a right to determine their own constitution.

"Domestic relations laws are the province of the states," he said, adding the U.S. Supreme Court rulings "did not say states must recognize same-sex marriage."

Judge Chris Piazza did not say when he might rule.

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  1. "NOW he's gonna let us know? Please! I've would have stayed at home. Call me tomorrow..." He's hilarious! The lawyer doesn't seem convinced at all and that newsreader woman in the second clip kept calling the judge Piazzi instead of Piazza. Oh and the "man on the street" in the first clip didn't have a clue what he was talking about either.

    Posted by: Jack Ford | Dec 13, 2013 2:26:17 PM

  2. Check out this article on how judge piazza ruled regarding allowing unmarried couples to adopt. He seems concerned about not infringing on the rights of couples. The attorney general of arkansas was against him on that case too, but he pretty much told him to suck it.
    Sounds like he'd be with us on marriage equality.

    Posted by: woody | Dec 13, 2013 5:45:34 PM

  3. Really cool articles on this on the web. I think Arkansans will be surprised by this. The reason he's taking his time is he's 'feeling' the situation out. Usually a good thing for our side. The right side of History.

    Posted by: YSOSERIOUS | Dec 13, 2013 6:18:37 PM

  4. That would be amazing if the judge would rule in favor of same-sex marriage because Arkansas is the last place anyone would expect it so soon. The right-wingers and Bible-thumpers would be in an uproar!

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Dec 14, 2013 2:28:06 AM

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