Arkansas judge tells state to recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages

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Arkansas business leaders including Wal-Mart ask the governor not to sign a controversial religious freedom law some say allows discrimination against gay couples. Photo by Brian Snyder courtesy of Reuters
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Arkansas business leaders including Wal-Mart ask the governor not to sign a controversial religious freedom law some say allows discrimination against gay couples. Photo by Brian Snyder courtesy of Reuters HIGH RES: http://archives.religionnews.com/multimedia/photos/rns-arkansas-flag

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) Arkansas must recognize as lawful some 500 same-sex marriages that were performed during a six-day window in May 2014, a state judge ruled on Tuesday.

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  • bqrq

    The purpose and intent of gay marriage is to somehow normalize, moralize, promote and encourage the abnormal and dangerous practice of sodomy. There is nothing good about gay marriage – it hurts children, young people, families and society. Gay marriage may rightly be viewed as form of legalized coercive sexual abuse of minors.

  • BmoreSara

    Do you believe the legal union of two people of the same gender is coercive abuse of minors if the couple in question have no children?

  • BmoreSara

    OK. So what do you believe is the proper response of society (made up of people of many faiths and some of no faith) to gay and lesbian members of the community?

  • Doc Anthony

    Interesting that some of the state Supreme Court justices want to legalize the gay marriage mess but don’t want to actually own up to their dirty deed, so they are trying to shuffle their feet until the US Supreme Court does its dirt.

    (And of course, the US Supremes tried to legalize the mess through the back door and just walk away, leaving it to lower judges to do all the work and get all the blame, until the Sixth Circuit Court forced the Supremes to carry their own water and own up to their own mess.)

    So If legalized gay marriage is morally legitimate and beneficial, (as opposed to morally illegitimate and destructive), why are all those pro-gay judges and justices working so hard to AVOID getting the credit for what they did? Why are they ashamed to be known as the judges/justices who legalized gay marriage?

  • BmoreSara

    Be Brave,
    I’m not sure you answered my question (but perhaps I’m not fully understanding you). I asked what is the appropriate response of a diverse society. Your answer seems more about your response, rather than that of the society as a whole.

  • JR

    It’s sad that the Justices who see no value in legalizing gay marriage need to avoid any mention of religious influence in their judgement. Sad because religion is part of everyone’s physcological makeup and is just as valid a source to resort to as counsel in making decisions on anything. A subject like this cannot avoid the religious factor….and with six Catholics on the Court it has to be a particularly tough decision.

  • ben in oakland

    BB is only interested in his fear and hatred of gay people. You’ll get used to it.

    Don’t expect anything better than that from him. If you’re lucky, he’ll get into his fanatasies about young gay men and Sodomy.

    Or maybe, that’s one of the other virulently antigay people who post here regularly. It’s hard to tell them apart.

  • Jane

    Prove it.

  • Larry

    JR we don’t live in a theocracy. Religious beliefs aren’t worth jack as a justification for legal decisions in this country.

    Nobody gets to give their religious dogma color of law. Its nice to see how obvious your loathing of religious freedom really is. There is no pretense in your contempt for the 1st amendment.

    The religious factor has always been an irrelevancy for the legal issues.

  • Larry

    Too bad for you the judges who want to prevent marriage equality are stuck with irrational arguments and citation to obsolete law. Nothing that holds up to objective scrutiny.

    The 6th circuit made a ridiculous decision and it will result in national recognition of gay marriage.

    Who is avoiding credit here?