Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 11, 2014 @ 10:52PM
Created on May 10, 2014 @ 9:21PM
Same-sex marriage has been a controversial issue across our country over the last decade, and several states have struck down laws banning it. On Friday, supporters of same-sex marriage achieved another victory when a judge in Arkansas overturned a ban on it.
This makes them the first state in the southeastern United States to allow such marriages. Several same-sex couples challenged an amendment to the state constitution that banned same-sex marriage. They argued that it violated their right to equal protection. The decision comes with some controversy because it is wasn't put up to the vote of the people. Here in our state, same-sex marriage is banned, and Mountain State residents have varying opinions on the issue.
"Well, it doesn't matter how the people vote, it's what the government wants to cram down our throat, because it was outlawed in Michigan, and a judge up there said it was legal," said Harrison County resident Jim Myers. "So it doesn't really matter how we vote."
Others 5 News talked to said it doesn't matter to them who marries who.
"I have no problem with it. If two people love each other, it doesn't matter to me what sex they are," said Laura Hill, originally of Tucker County.
The State of Arkansas has begun issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Nationwide, courts will hear appeals over current bans in six different states in the coming weeks.
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