USA, Arkansas: Judge Hears Marriage Equality Case, Will Rule in Two Weeks

Written by scott on April 17th, 2014

ArkansasA Federal Jude heard the Arkansas marriage equality lawsuit today.

The Commercial Appeal reports:

Arguing for the plaintiffs, attorney Jack Wagoner said the voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is itself unconstitutional. The state and federal constitutions guarantee “rights that can’t be taken away,” Wagoner argued. Wagoner said rights to due process and equal protection cannot be superseded even by a state constitutional amendment. “When the government is in the marriage business, same-sex couples have to be treated the same,” Wagoner said. “The fact that they’ve been historically discriminated against is less reason to have laws targeting them.”

The Judge says he will rule within two weeks.

The Advocate reports:

A ruling will come in about two weeks in a lawsuit challenging Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriage, says the judge who heard arguments in the case today. Pulaski County Circuit Court judge Chris Piazza announced his anticipated time frame at the end of today’s proceedings, the Associated Press reports. He heard arguments from lawyers on both sides of the issue at the court in Little Rock.

Yay – one ruling we won’t have to wait months for!

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4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ambfh says:

    The judge is a circuit court judge. This is the state lawsuit which Cheryl Maples is the lead attorney for the case.

  2. Robin says:

    The judge is a Democrat: http://judgepedia.org/Chris_Piazza

    It’s still weird this is in state court and not federal court, since Arkansas has a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

  3. Tim says:

    They’re making federal claims so it’s ok.

  4. melina maples granger says:

    It’s at state level BECAUSE the amendment was to the state constitution. We are not filing federally. The LEAD attorney, who created and filed this BY HERSELF, chose state level because it will move faster than federal. The attorney she brought in to ASSIST – who keeps being named as THE attorney, has filed a federal case because he gets paid HUGE amounts of money if it goes federal. Please name the CORRECT ATTORNEY. She has dedicated her life to this and keeps being shoved behind the talking head.

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