Arkansas: From Big News To Old News, Domestic Partnership Registry Changes Little

The Morning News
June 7, 2008
The Eureka Springs city-sponsored domestic partnership registry that reaped headlines nationwide a year ago has gone from big news to old news--bringing little change except for an economic boost for the area. (Link)

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Group Behind Anti-Adoptions Begs For Cash

365Gay.com
March 24, 2008
An umbrella group of social conservatives trying to gather enough signatures to force a referendum that could ban couples who are not married from adopting children in Arkansas has launched a desperate appeal for money. [Link]

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Drive kicks off to ban foster care by partners

Arkansas Democrat Gazette
January 25, 2008
The Arkansas Family Council is launching a petition drive in hopes of passing a law that would ban gay and unmarried couples from adopting or becoming foster parents. A coalition of doctors, ministers, children’s advocates and others officially organized to campaign against the proposal. [Link]

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AR town to recognize gay couples, no rights though

Today's THV
May 14, 2007
Gay couples can register with Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and receive a certificate acknowledging their relationships. However, it's not a legal document and does not bestow any of the rights and responsibilities of marriage on the partnerships. [Link]

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On Capitol Hill, several bishops join opposition to anti-gay marriage amendment

Episcopal News Service
May 26, 2006
"Bishop Larry Maze of Arkansas and retired New Jersey Bishop Joe Morris Doss, now living in Louisiana, joined a diverse spectrum of clergy and religious leaders on Capitol Hill May 22 to speak against passage of the so-called 'Federal Marriage Amendment' (FMA)." [Link]

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Episcopal church in Fayetteville supports blessing for same-sex couples

Local Channel 3 News
October 10, 2005
After years of discussion between parishioners and church leaders to approve a resolution adopting a rite of blessing for same-sex couples, an Episcopal church in Fayetteville, Arkansas has agreed to support the resolution, becoming the first congregation among the state's 55 churches in the Episcopal Church USA to support such a ceremony. [Link]

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OPINION: You signed the petition, didn’t you?

Arkansas News Bureau
July 8, 2004
Writer predicts an anti-gay state amendment will pass in Arkansas... just like a segregation law did in the 1950's. "We voted narrowly in 1990 to repeal it. Narrowly. In 1990. To repeal. Racial segregation." And anti-gay laws will be repealed too. [Link]

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