Arkansas Judge Overturns Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

(WREG-TV) How do you define marriage? It is a question our society has struggled over for decades.

Now, an Arkansas judge’s ruling has opened the doors for same-sex couples throughout the state.

21 gay and lesbian couples challenged the ban in Arkansas and Friday, a Pulaski Circuit Court judge decided it is unconstitutional.

LGBT supporters in Tennessee, like Will Batts of the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, are hoping it will start a snowball effect. “Every time somebody comes out, every time someone stands up for equality, it makes things better for the person after them,” Batts said.

However, others believe this is a step in the wrong direction.

Pastor Dwight Montgomery says his views are formed by his faith in God. “The rule that he set forth in the bible is that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

While he does not encourage hate or discrimination, Montgomery said this is an issue he cannot morally support. “When it comes to the institution of marriage, I simply see us as needing to abide by the Bible,” he said.

It is a view Batts thinks is outdated, and one he hopes will eventually change. “Equality under the law… Equal protection under the law. It’s written into the constitution. It’s really time for this to be over.”

Arkansas has the option to ask for a stay on enforcement, which could prevent couples from getting married immediately.

The fight could soon go to the state supreme court.