Gay marriage in Arkansas

Marriage-license lawsuit order

Marriage-license lawsuit order

Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, ordered Arkansas officials to recognize over 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year, a move that will allow the couples benefits such as filing taxes jointly.

Jun 9, 2015

Opinion/concurrence on justices in gay-marriage case

Opinion/concurrence on justices in gay-marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the justices currently serving should decide a pending gay-marriage case.

May 7, 2015

Maples motion to dismiss new case

Maples motion to dismiss new case

Attorney Cheryl Maples filed a motion April 8, 2015, withdrawing a previous motion from plaintiffs' in a same-sex marriage case that requested a retired state Supreme Court justice and a special justice appointed to the state Supreme Court last year should be allowed to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state. The new motion filed in April states that newly elected judges should be allowed to hear the case, making CV15-227, a separate case to decide which judges should hear the original case, moot.

Apr 14, 2015

Leslie Rutledge brief on behalf of state

Leslie Rutledge brief on behalf of state

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a motion Monday that a retired state Supreme Court justice and a special justice appointed to the state Supreme Court last year should not decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state since those spots have now been filled with newly elected justices.

Apr 14, 2015

Wagoner amended motion

Wagoner amended motion

Attorney Jack Wagoner filed a motion April 13, 2015, to amend a previous motion that withdrew a motion from plaintiffs' in a same-sex marriage case requesting a retired state Supreme Court justice and a special justice appointed to the state Supreme Court last year be allowed to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state. The new motion withdraws the plaintiffs' position on which judges should hear the original case.

Apr 14, 2015

Chief Justice Jim Hannah recusal letter

Chief Justice Jim Hannah recusal letter

On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Arkansas State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Hannah recused himself from CV-15-227, a separate case that will decide which justices hear arguments for the appeal of a ruling that the state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Apr 9, 2015

Justice Rhonda Wood recusal letter

Justice Rhonda Wood recusal letter

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, Arkansas State Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood recused herself from CV-15-227, a separate case that will decide which justices hear arguments for the appeal of a ruling that the state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

Apr 9, 2015

Justice Paul Danielson recusal

Justice Paul Danielson recusal

Arkansas Justice Paul Danielson on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, recused from a case related to the pending challenge to the state’s gay-marriage ban.

Apr 9, 2015

Plaintiffs' response to request for second oral arguments

Plaintiffs' response to request for second oral arguments

A group of same-sex couples filed a response on Tuesday to the Arkansas Supreme Court request for attorneys to provide legal justification on whether the court should grant a second round of oral arguments in the case.

Feb 18, 2015

Plaintiffs' motion for lifting of stay

Plaintiffs' motion for lifting of stay

A group of same-sex couples filed a motion on Tuesday asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to lift the stay on same-sex marriages in the state.

Feb 18, 2015

Legislative roll call — Motion to suspend rules

Legislative roll call — Motion to suspend rules

The Arkansas Legislature voted on whether to suspend the rules to allow the introduction of legislation against same-sex marriage and to consider the impeachment of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza.

May 17, 2014

Interim resolution in support of Amendment 83

Interim resolution in support of Amendment 83

INTERIM RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EXPRESS ITS SUPPORT OF AMENDMENT 83 TO THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION DEFINING MARRIAGE AS CONSISTING ONLY OF THE UNION OF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.

May 17, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court stays judge's gay-marriage ruling pending appeal

Arkansas Supreme Court stays judge's gay-marriage ruling pending appeal

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday, May 16, 2014, granted the state's request to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

May 16, 2014

Plaintiffs respond to state's request for stay

Plaintiffs respond to state's request for stay

Plaintiffs in a case challenging Arkansas' prohibitions on same-sex marriage have filed a response arguing against the state's request for an emergency stay of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's latest ruling.

May 16, 2014

McDaniel again asks Supreme Court for stay of gay-marriage ruling

McDaniel again asks Supreme Court for stay of gay-marriage ruling

Soon after Circuit Judge Chris Piazza issued a new ruling that declares unconstitutional all state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, the attorney general's office filed another motion for an emergency stay with the state Supreme Court.

May 15, 2014

Judge Piazza May 15 final order on gay marriage bans

Judge Piazza May 15 final order on gay marriage bans

Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday broadened his original ruling finding the state's bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, applying it to all state laws and regulations that bar same-sex unions.

May 15, 2014

Order denying defendants' motion for immediate stay

Order denying defendants' motion for immediate stay

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday, May 15, 2014, denies the motion by defendants in a gay-marriage case for an immediate stay of his May 9 ruling.

May 15, 2014

Gay-marriage case plaintiffs' motion for clarification of judgment

Gay-marriage case plaintiffs' motion for clarification of judgment

Lawyers for gay couples ask Thursday, May 15, 2014, for Circuit Judge Chris Piazza to clarify in his ruling that all laws barring gay marriage be voided.

May 15, 2014

Piazza final order on gay marriage nunc pro tunc

Piazza final order on gay marriage nunc pro tunc

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday, May 15, 2014, expands his May 9 ruling that declared unconstitutional the state's prohibitions on same-sex marriage.

May 15, 2014

Piazza notice to attorneys of clarified order

Piazza notice to attorneys of clarified order

Judge Chris Piazza says in this notice to attorneys that a new order will correct and expand a Friday ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

May 15, 2014

Court declines stay of gay-marriage ruling

Court declines stay of gay-marriage ruling

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday denied requests to stay and dismissed the appeal by the state of the ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban, because the initial ruling did not address an Arkansas law that prohibits a marriage license being "issued to persons of the same sex."

May 14, 2014

Piazza strikes down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban

Piazza strikes down Arkansas' same-sex marriage ban

Arkansas Judge Chris Piazza struck down the state's ban on gay marriage on May 9.

May 9, 2014