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On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in the case Obergefell v. Hodges, ending marriage discrimination throughout the nation. This decision was quickly implemented by states across the country, including in Arkansas. Read more about the ruling here.


In November 2004, anti-gay forces in Arkansas pushed through an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage and prohibits them from attaining any other form of legal family status. In 2008, the state also passed a discriminatory anti-adoption and foster care measure.

On November 25, U.S. District Court Judge Karen Baker ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in federal court, striking down the Arkansas ban on marriage between same-sex couples.

The ruling followed a May 9, 2014 decision from Arkansas Judge Chris Piazza, which also struck down the state's discriminatory constitutional amendment. The ruling took effect and more than 400 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples until one week later, when the Arkansas Supreme Court issued a stay in the ruling. On November 20, the AR Supreme Court heard arguments in the case, and a ruling is expected soon. 

Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in Arkansas so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.

Read more about marriage litigation in Arkansas.



Support for the freedom to marry continues to grow in Arkansas with 53% of voters under 30 supporting marriage and 53% of all voters in Arkansas supporting some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples (Public Policy Polling, May 2014).


According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 4,226 same-sex couples are living in Arkansas, representing 3.7 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.  

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