Supreme Court asked to reverse Arkansas ruling on lesbian parents

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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More than a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, a team of LGBT legal advocates is calling on justices to reaffirm the decision.

In a 38-page petition, the legal advocates seek to overturn an Arkansas ruling against placing the names of both lesbian parents on a child’s birth certificate.

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Justices in Arkansas Supreme Court criticize move in gay marriage case as delay tactic

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) — Two members of the Arkansas Supreme Court — including the chief justice — said on April 8 that a ruling on whether to legalize gay marriage in the state is being unnecessarily delayed by the rest of the court.

Chief Justice Jim Hannah and Associate Justice Paul Danielson recused themselves from a separate case surrounding whether Justice Rhonda Wood, who was sworn in in January, can rule on the constitutionality of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Justices last week said a separate case was needed on the matter, a move that likely pushes the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the same topic.

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Arkansas AG asks court to uphold same-sex marriage ban

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – The attorney general’s office is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold the state’s gay marriage ban, arguing a county judge was wrong to say it violated the state and U.S. constitutions.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on Sept. 15 asked justices to uphold the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Pulaski County Judge Chris Piazza struck down the ban earlier this year, and 541 same-sex couples were married before the ruling was suspended by the state Supreme Court pending appeals.

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