Federal judge strikes down Arkansas marriage ban, adding to national momentum

Today, November 25, U.S. District Court Judge Karen Baker ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in Arkansas, declaring the state's Amendment 83, which limits the freedom to marry to different-sex couples, is unconstitutional.

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Finishing the Job: how marriage is moving forward nationwide

Now, as momentum surges across the country, it is more important for supporters to do all they can to speak out for the freedom to marry nationwide. Here's what's going on in the 4 other states set up for the freedom to marry soon, plus the 15 where same-sex couples continue to be denied the freedom to marry.

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Over 100 first responders urge AR Supreme Court to rule for the freedom to marry

This week, more than 100 emergency medical workers, police officers, and firefighters came together to file an amicus brief in Smith v. Wright, the legal challenge to Arkansas’ constitutional amendment denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.

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43 Arkansas faith leaders urge AR Supreme Court to rule for the freedom to marry

Today, 43 faith leaders from Arkansas came together to file an amicus brief in Smith v. Wright. The “friend-of-the-court” brief outlines the urgency and importance of ending the exclusion of committed couples from marriage in Arkansas.

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Arkansas same-sex couples gear up for the freedom to marry at the state Supreme Court

This fall, the Arkansas Supreme Court is set to hear briefing and, eventually, arguments in Wright v. Smith, a legal challenge to a constitutional amendment in Arkansas that bars same-sex couples from sharing in the freedom to marry.

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Department of Justice urged to respect legal marriages in 3 states

This week, Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign sent a joint letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Department of Justice to act now and ensure that the marriages of same-sex couples performed earlier this year in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin are respected by the federal government.

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PHOTOS: First marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in the South

This morning, after yesterday's landmark ruling in Wright v. Arkansas, where a circuit judge struck down an Arkansas law that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying in the state, same-sex couples began marrying in Eureka Springs, AR.

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Arkansas judge strikes down state ban on marriage for same-sex couples

Today Judge Chris Piazza of Arkansas upheld same-sex couples' freedom to marry, striking down the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment and becoming the latest in a unanimous wave of favorable rulings.

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Same-sex couples share hopes for the future of the freedom to marry in Arkansas

This week, as the country awaits a ruling on the freedom to marry in Arkansas, Freedom to Marry caught up with families across Arkansas, including four plaintiff couples from Wright v. Arkansas, the named plaintiffs in a separate case filed in federal court, and others.

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Arkansas judge says he will rule in state marriage case within 2 weeks

Yesterday in Little Rock, Arkansas, Circuit Judge Chris Piazza heard three hours of arguments in a case filed on behalf of a wide array of plaintiffs seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples or respect for such marriages in Arkansas.

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