Judge Orders Arkansas To Recognize In-State Same-Sex Marriages

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LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - An Arkansas judge ordered officials to recognize over 500 same-sex marriages performed in The Natural State last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy benefits like filing taxes jointly.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday (June 9) validated marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples after another judge struck down the Arkansas' gay marriage ban. The Arkansas Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering an appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

Griffen's ruling means the couples have the ability to file taxes jointly, enroll together on state health insurance plans, appear jointly on a child's birth certificate or even file for divorce. With that said, the state can still appeal Griffen's ruling.

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      • tasdgs

        I have never said that putting words in all caps constitutes correctness. Second of all, if a marriage occurs when two people love each other then what happens if one of those people is say, 10, and the other is 30? Is that okay in your eyes? Finally, why is it that a traditional marriage is wrong? Has that not been the foundation of society for eons?

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