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UPDATE: Arkansas legislators OK resolution against gay marriages

Posted: June 20, 2014 - 9:55am

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved a resolution that urges the state Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.

The measure by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway passed easily on a voice vote, despite strenuous objections from some Democrats.

Rapert's non-binding resolution accuses Circuit Judge Chris Piazza of failing to uphold his oath to uphold the Arkansas Constitution.

Democratic Sen. David Johnson of Little Rock says Piazza was following the law and noted judges in other states had made similar decisions. He said it is not like "all these judges are going off the rails."

Piazza set aside the state's gay-marriage ban in May. More than 500 same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court blocked the ruling pending an appeal.

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JonathanS
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JonathanS 06/20/14 - 10:40 am
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O.o

Really? REALLY?!
Is this seriously what he believes to be the best use of his time?

reader
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reader 06/20/14 - 11:50 am
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They can pass a resolution

making farts the official State smell if they like. The U.S. Constitution still trumps legislators, governors, voters, and all others who disagree with same sex marriage, especially including this 'good Christian state senator'.

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reader 06/20/14 - 11:54 am
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On a voice vote

which is not an accurate vote, just a good guess. I'll be glad when the law is changed and they smile gets wiped off Rapert's grinning mug.

357
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357 06/20/14 - 12:38 pm
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Thank you Senator! Thank

Thank you Senator! Thank you for supporting the voice of the majority of the people of Arkansas.

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lachowsj 06/20/14 - 02:36 pm
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Let me get this straight

Let me get this straight (no pun intended). Sen. Rapert put forward a resolution to try and influence the Supreme Court to ignore the Constitution and go with the wishes of the majority? And in that same resolution, Judge Piazza was accused, by making a ruling based on the Constitution, of failing to uphold the Constitution?

May I remind the Arkansas legislators that provisions are in place for amending both the Arkansas and United States Constitutions. Rather than putting forth meaningless resolutions, perhaps they should begin the process of putting forth amendments that support their point of view. We'll see how far that goes.

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