Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban; State To Appeal
(WREG-TV) An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage Friday, the AP reports.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza laid out his reasoning in a 13-page decision.
In it, he states that a 2004 amendment saying marriage is only allowable between a man and woman is unconstitutional and violates same-sex couples’ rights.
Twenty-one gay and lesbian couples were part of a group of plaintiffs challenging Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution, saying it violated their federal and state rights of equal protection and privacy.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, recently announced he supports gay marriage right, but would defend the state’s ban.
His office says it will appeal Piazza’s ruling, and will ask Piazza “issue a stay of his ruling so as not to create confusion or uncertainty about the law while the Supreme Court considers the matter.”