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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