Judge: Arkansas must recognize in-state same-sex marriages

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A judge ordered Arkansas officials on Tuesday to recognize more than 500 same-sex marriages performed in the state last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy a host of benefits such as filing taxes jointly and enrolling together in state health insurance plans.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen validated marriage licenses that were issued to same-sex couples after another judge struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. The state Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering the appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

Some of the same-sex couples who married in Arkansas last year filed a lawsuit in February alleging that the state was violating their rights by not recognizing the unions. Griffen’s ruling means the couples can file taxes jointly, appear jointly on a child’s birth certificate, enroll together on state health insurance plans and even file for divorce.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Patricia McGehee says:

    This is heartrending. ISIS might as well be in the US cutting our head off. Watch the US go down in standing, security and economy. We thrived with God leading the Nation. The Secularist are putting everyone’s head on the block. Obama threw the door wide open for the Devil to walk through.

  • Albert L Biele says:

    The final judgment of all mankind will be implemented by God Almighty, and not
    self-rightest judges who adamantly defy His laws. He offers the gift of Grace, (Forgiveness for the asking), and will reject those who reject his Son. I have chosen Jesus to be my lawyer at the final judgment, who have you chosen? Choose wisely; to experience perpetuity in a particular place requires serious thought.

  • gpicha says:

    May they all come down with AIDS!

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