Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Published 05/09 2014 05:01PM

Updated 05/09 2014 05:10PM

LITTE ROCK -- The State of Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. That's the ruling late Friday afternoon by Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza.

Judge Piazza's decision was revealed in an online filing. The ruling nullifies Amendment 83, which was passed by Arkansas voters in 2004. The law defined legal marriages in Arkansas as only those between a man and a woman.

In a three-hour hearing last month, Piazza's courtroom overflowed with observers of the proceedings. Plaintiffs presented more than three dozen gay/lesbian couples asking for the change that would allow them to legally marry in Arkansas.

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