Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel backs gay marriage, but will appeal ruling
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 9, 2014 6:31 PM CDT
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is interviewed after speaking to Arkansas Associated Press newspaper editors in Little Rock, Ark., Saturday, May3, 2014.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

(Newser) – A judge today struck down Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage, saying the state has "no rational reason" for preventing gay couples from marrying. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled that the 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution violates the rights of same-sex couples. "This is an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality," Piazza wrote. "The exclusion of a minority for no rational reason is a dangerous precedent."

The ruling came nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court. McDaniel's office said he would appeal the ruling, which came about a half-hour after the the marriage license office in Pulaski County closed. An attorney for the group of same-sex couples challenging the prohibition said he hadn't spoken to them about their next move. "If I was them, I would be there waiting for the door to open," he said. Click for more on the story.

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May 11, 2014 10:09 AM CDT
now wait a minute!! this so-called judge struck down ARK BAN ON SAME SEX-MARRIAGESS MARRAIGE!! then why did a judge do this... Man Tries to Marry Porn-Filled Laptop!! JUDGE REJECTS BIZARRE MOTION IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASE!!! HEY!! WHERE'S THE ACLU? HE HAS RIGHTS JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE!! FOR SAME SEX-MARRIAGE!! PERIOD!! THERE YA GO!!!
May 10, 2014 4:23 PM CDT
Democracy is never popular with libtards when it fails to deliver the desired result. In those cases the courts must rule.
Mark Dreher
May 9, 2014 11:37 PM CDT
I have a question What if Jesus shows up? And all this lefty craploa Going on? Gosh That sounds like a blood bath In a way. Hmm..