USA, Arkansas: Judge Strikes Down ALL Arkansas Marriage Equality Bans

Written by scott on May 15th, 2014

ArkansasThis just in – Judge Chris Piazza has extended his Arkansas marriage equality ruling to strike down all the laws banning same sex marriage in the state.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An Arkansas judge has struck down all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying, expanding on his order finding such bans unconstitutional. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza clarified his ruling on Thursday, a day after the state Supreme Court noted that a prohibition on county clerks issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples still stood.

Piazza also rejected a request to suspend his ruling, saying there’s no evidence the state would be harmed by allowing same-sex marriages to continue. “The same cannot be said of the plaintiffs and other same-sex couples who have not been afforded the same measure of human dignity, respect and recognition by this state as their similarly situated, opposite sex counterparts,” Piazza wrote. “A stay would operate to further damage Arkansas families and deprive them of equal access to the rights associated with marriage status in this state.”

Now that thus excuse has been taken away from them, will the other counties follow suit and finally start issuing same sex marriage licenses?

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