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Federal judge overturns Arkansas' marriage ban

2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago November 25, 2014 Nov 25, 2014 Tuesday, November 25 2014 November 25, 2014 5:44 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge has struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, which could eventually pave the way for county clerks to resume issuing licenses.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled Tuesday in favor of a pair of same-sex couples who had challenged the 2004 constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

But Baker put her ruling on hold, anticipating an appeal.

A spokesman for Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says he is reviewing the ruling. He says a decision will be made after the Thanksgiving holiday and in consultation with Republican Attorney General-elect Leslie Rutledge.

The ruling comes as the state Supreme Court is weighing a separate case, which stems from May, when a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban.

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