Arkansas Legislators Approve Anti-Gay Marriage Resolution

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KTHV – The Arkansas Legislative Council approved a resolution urging the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on gay marriages, according to a report from affiliate station KTHV.

The measure was sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, and passed easily on a voice vote despite objections from multiple Democrats, the report states.

The non-binding resolution accuses Circuit Judge Chris Piazza of failing to keep his oath and uphold the Arkansas Constitution after ruling that the state ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional, according to KTHV.

To read the full story on our affiliate station’s website KTHV – Channel 11, click here.

45 comments

  • Jimmy Bob

    Funny how conservatives say the federal government is pushing their agenda on everyone else but at the same time conservatives feel justified in treating gays and lesbians as second class citizens. They should have the same rights as everyone else and not giving them the same rights is unconstitutional. The Texas Republicans won’t even support healthcare for their citizens but they will support therapy for gays. That’s hilarious. They want to say the Bible said it’s wrong but the bible has nothing to do with how are government works or operates, it should’nt anyway. They want to go off of book that was written hundreds of years that doesn’t apply to todays society. Yes it has some great moral stories in it but it’s not all true.

    • Trish B.

      Excellent comment. The only thing I will add is Separation of Church and State. The law applies.

      • zztopperman

        Really? I always like it when someone brings up “separation of church and state”! Now where exactly are those words found in the 1st amendment?

    • ugotthatrite

      hey the republicans aren’t to blame. they have a solid, long history of discriminating against every american citizen. find a mirror for someone to blame. hint: they’ll have this sadness in their eyes.(that you can blame on the republicans)

  • objectivefodder

    This should be a warning to every one of you red-blooded Evangelical “born-again” so-called Christians. If you think for one minute that your God is pleased or otherwise joyous reveling this legislation, may I suggest you re-read your literary novel, “The Book”. It is not up to “Man” to legislate morality. This is a clear example of regulating morality and defining marriage. It’s not only offensive to the alternative sexual preference citizenry, its offensive to the straight heterosexual folks also. If this is acceptable, then Fascism and Nazism should be acceptable in your pulpits and pews. You’d better rethink your ideology and spiritual identity. You’ll be next pretty soon.

  • objectivefodder

    Oh yeah, and may I add this. When you’re being rounded up in the near future, having realized these very legislative mistakes, may you recollect upon an event only seventy years ago that occurred impacting humanity, inflicted upon European Jews by the Nazi regime, and being arguably the most systematic and sadistic campaign of mass extermination ever mounted, just you bible thumping supporters remember these forced social changes being implemented which we know will definitely affect each of you adversely. History repeats itself. Look in your mirrors God lovers. These days, yes, these very days of existence in modern reality, you should know this is-the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back is happening right in front of you. Setting forth with a mighty blow, creating a subtle crack in the ice with the door opening of future legislation by regulating laws which will ultimately affect each and every one of you faithful religious believers, realize you just lit the fire, your demise. This is only the beginning. You too will succumb and be hanged by your very own laws and with your very own hangmen. Upon that future time, you’ll recollect and remember how certain individuals and groups discriminated against our very own brothers and sisters who walked a bit different, namely those whom you rage hatred, intolerance and discriminate against. You know who. Let this be a “live” lesson to not only western societal ethics and civics changes, but it should be a valuable lesson of how intolerance and individuality circumvent dangerous and damaging laws which will ultimately snare your very own. You just set a precedence of death. They’ll come for you eventually. Touché.

  • Tom

    The 1st annual Fudgepackers United convention will be held in Eureka Springs this September. Free condoms and HIV testing for the first 100 registrants.

    • James

      Polygamy was the first firm of marriage. Polygamy was the foundation of marriage it’s in your so called word of truth. So remember that before you use that argument that marriage is supposed to be between one man and one woman.

  • objectivefodder

    Hey HL, here’s some thinking material for ya…Google “History of violence against LGBT people in the United States” and see what comes up? Any violence facts you care to discuss with us? Go out in Gooberville with the “dar-dar’s” who are active in our region and see how many hickerbillies that would like to play round up. Betcha you’d find several. I know of them. I see them at the ballgames, the local Wally World and at the sale barn along with the dew drop in dives around the area…don’t believe me? Get out and listen to the hate…it’s very apparent.

    • HL

      fodder, If you recall, you mentioned people being “rounded up”. And compared this issue with what the Nazis did to the jews. I’ll ask again. How many homosexuals have you witnessed being “rounded up” and gassed or executed? And I’m not advocating violence to anyone. Is that what your addled mind gets out of this? I’m just saying I wouldn’t compare homosexuals not being allowed to marry with the holocaust. Homosexuals are bound by the same laws as everyone else. I know it. And you know it.

      • objectivefodder

        HL, use your search engine….type this in…”Baptist Pastor Suggests We Round Up the Gay People and Put Them in a Concentration Camp”….I will retract my commentary if you prove otherwise…and will stand corrected. Peace brother.

      • HL

        fodder, How many have been rounded up? By that Baptist minister, or anyone else? How many? None? Yeah, that’s what I thought, too.

  • T Ferg

    Why are Republicans so concerned with what goes on in other peoples’ bedrooms?

    Are they perverts?

    • Kevin

      Sen John Tester, Sen Bob Casey, Sen Jon Manchin, Sen Kay Hagen, sen Bill Nelson…..I’m tired of typing names but they are all DEMOCRATS against g*y marriage

    • Aim

      When you constantly do news stories, parades and protests it becomes everyone’s business. Don’t want to make it everyone’s business don’t splatter it everywhere! Personally I don’t care if they want to marry. They get divorced to!

  • Sarah 1

    Kay Hagan now supports same s*x marriage. Keep up. You people in the slow lane can fight it all you want but like anything else, the majority is IN FAVOR

    A shift is taking place in the Republican Party on marriage equality.” Many polls are showing shifting support and the growing number of lawmakers in favor of dropping opposition even as top leaders remain opposed. For the Republican hierarchy it’s a very straightforward question, “How can they attract the next generation of voters and not support an issue young people have made their minds up on?”

    • James

      The Republican Party is just isolating theirselves. They live in a shell where they only watch Fox News and listen to radio programs that fuels their hate. Eventually they will have to change their agenda to get votes. With the gap between the rich and poor growing their will be very few rich and people who consider themselves to be middle class to vote for them.

      • Sarah 1

        The voters of Arkansas approved the ban. We are a backward state as far as progressive thoughts and ideas.
        If you read my comment, I said THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.
        HL we shall agree to disagree but James and O.F. speak the truth.
        How many lovers or concubines did King David enjoy? Bible Thumpers pick and choose their scripture.

      • HL

        Yes, the voters of Arkansas, as well as many other states, approved the ban. So, evidently, the majority isn’t for it, as you stated earlier. But, voters you disagree with don’t count. Right? james and of speak the truth as YOU see it. Just because you have the same opinion, doesn’t make it the truth.

  • objectivefodder

    Cut the right-left paradigm rhetoric regarding defining social change anomalies. Both sides will always use any major change, beneficial or detrimental, to their credit, if indeed credit is due. No need to spew Republican this or Democrat that. Regarding religious bantering, look at historical references regarding controversial social and civic changes, including Emancipation & Slavery, Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage, (including Women’s voting rights), the Great Society (including Civil Rights), and now, Marriage Equality. Sure, you’re seeing resistance and you will continue to do so despite the majority of the public’s acceptance. There’s really no need to spew animosity and hatred because you’re scared and fearful or lack strength to accept indifference. So you know, the conservative majority whined and cried prior to those civil changes mentioned above. They continued to whine and cry after also-until they realized their faith was unchallenged. No one’s going to get you. Get over your intolerance. The sky hasn’t fallen yet, and likely never will. Do yourself a favor, open you heart and learn how difference makes our communities and nation stronger, not weaker. Diversity is progress. I’ve always thought heavy indoctrination and religious dogma is to blame for why so many espouse lashing out at folks who appear to be distinctively unalike or otherwise unaccepting. Does your preacher put fear into your heart? Compassion and love triumphs with social change-so stop fueling evil behavior. Embrace transformation. BTW, when was the last time you spent time dwelling on the positive with someone that’s different than you? Progression is advancing the human experiment, so stop playing the victim. Pessimism equals devolution. Oh yeah, and stop whining and get off your prideful butts and go help others less fortunate than yourselves. There’s good in everyone. My cup is half full, not half empty. Is yours? Give people a chance to brighten your lives and lift you up. Your incessant negativity does no good to no-one. Find a way to engage with a warm human and reach out and touch someone with your heart-and never pass up an opportunity to make new friends. There’s no room for emitting behavior that depicts anger, hostility and prejudice. Christ was forgiving, are you?

  • arkieboy

    Really people? Who cares who gets married??? We the people need to start loving our fellow Americans and stop the hate.

  • James

    Growing up as a kid in the United Pentecostal Church the rules where very strict. As a male you wasn’t allowed to have facial hair, had to have to shirt haircuts, wasn’t allowed to wear shorts, not allowed to have a tv and no Christmas tree. As for females you wasn’t allowed to cut your hair, no makeup, no jeans, and no jewelry. They based all this on biblical scripture. Now their rules have become more relaxed and the reason for that is they where losing members. No wants to go to a church that is so strict especially in a country that is founded on freedom and the freedom to express yourself. I see the Republican Party facing the same. They eventually will have to give in. Life is meant for living. Live it.

    • Sarah 1

      Updated in 2011, there are 4700 people in AR with AIDS.
      @Bobreal – you may need a cage to keep you from infringing on other people’s rights. Don’t talk about the Constitution, try actually reading it.

  • Sarah 1

    DOMA! or the Defense of Marriage Act, the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-s*x marriages legalized by the states, is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.

    “The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion. “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

    Justice Kennedy delivered the court’s opinion, and was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito all filed dissenting opinions. Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia’s dissent in whole and parts of Alito’s opinion.

    As Kennedy read the majority opinion from the bench, cries were heard in the courtroom when the justice delivered the verdict that DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment. A number of same-s*x couples sitting in the audience looked up at the ceiling, while others wiped away tears.

  • Kevin

    Libs always scream about the constitution when it comes to g*y marriage but when it comes to the right to own guns all of the sudden the constitution is “outdated” not up with “modern” times and doesn’t really mean what it says. Just throwin’ that out there.

  • zztopperman

    It’s ok for gays and lesbians to shove their sexual preferences down others throats and they expect laws to be passed so they can legally do what is considered by most to be an institution created by the creator, because we can’t hurt their feelings….but our religious beliefs don’t matter and this is supposed to be right because why?

  • Sarah 1

    Zztop, just call the authorities if anyone tries to shove anything down your throat.
    In accordance, leave people alone in their privacy of their homes.
    This is an issue to conservatives but you still admire Dick Cheney don’t you? He is for g*y marriage.

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