Judge Rules Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional
Score another one for marriage equality! A circuit court judge has deemed Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional!
A circuit court judge has just ruled that Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage violates both state and federal Constitutions. Judge Chris Piazza cited the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment in his ruling. The case, Wright v. Arkansas, was heard last month.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is expected to appeal the case to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
“Today a state circuit judge in Arkansas ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, the latest in a unanimous wave of favorable rulings from more than a dozen state and federal judges across the country in recent months,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, in a statement. “Judge Piazza held that there is no good reason for discriminating against couples and their loved ones just because they are gay. With nearly 70 marriage cases now making their way through the courts, and five federal appellate courts now hearing arguments and soon to rule, today’s decision out of Arkansas underscores that all of America is ready for the freedom to marry.”
The fight's not over, but this is another big step in the right direction. Marriage equality in the United States is inevitable!