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October 10, 2014

Former Arkansas governor accuses party leadership of abdicating on the issue

In a week that saw marriage equality enjoy unprecedented gains in the US, former Arkansas Governor Mark Huckabee is accusing the Republican Party's leadership of throwing in the towel on the issue.

Huckabee, an unsuccessful candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, is so livid that he is threatening to become an Independent.

'I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,' Huckabee said on American Family Radio's Today's Issues show.

October 10, 2014

Former Arkansas governor accuses party leadership of abdicating on the issue

In a week that saw marriage equality enjoy unprecedented gains in the US, former Arkansas Governor Mark Huckabee is accusing the Republican Party's leadership of throwing in the towel on the issue.

Huckabee, an unsuccessful candidate for the party's presidential nomination in 2008, is so livid that he is threatening to become an Independent.

'I'm utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on this issue,' Huckabee said on American Family Radio's Today's Issues show.

August 20, 2014

The Ark Encounters theme park will not be hiring gays and lesbians or anyone who thinks the world is more than 6,000 years old when it opens in 2016 despite seeking millions in tax incentives

A planned Noah’s Ark themed entertainment park that will teach that the Biblical Great Flood was an actual historical event will reportedly refuse to hire gays and lesbians and anyone who does not believe that the Bible is 100% literally true.

The Ark Encounters theme park is to be built by Creationist group Answers in Genesis, which already operates another Christian theme park in Kentucky that claims that human beings lived side-by-side with dinosaurs and denies the theory of evolution.

June 19, 2014

Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and other speakers appeared before less than 2,000 people

The National Organization's March for Marriage event on Thursday (19 June) drew failed Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee as speakers.

But the much-ballyhooed event in Washington DC failed to draw much of a crowd.

The Human Rights Campaign tweeted a photo of the sparse crowd at the anti-gay marriage event that was estimated to have been attended by between 1,000 and 2,000 people.

May 16, 2014

High court places a stay on lower judge's ruling which invalidated ban

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday (16 May) put a definitive halt to same-sex marriages in the state after a week of legal confusion.

An estimated 500 couples in Arkansas have gotten married in the week since State District judge Chris Piazza struck down the state's gay marriage ban stating that it violated the US constitution.

The seven-member court granted the state's request for a stay while the judge's ruling is being appealed.

But the stay comes after a week of legal confusion.

May 16, 2014

High court places a stay on lower judge's ruling which invalidated ban

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday (16 May) put a definitive halt to same-sex marriages in the state after a week of legal confusion.

An estimated 500 couples in Arkansas have gotten married in the week since State District judge Chris Piazza struck down the state's gay marriage ban stating that it violated the US constitution.

The seven-member court granted the state's request for a stay while the judge's ruling is being appealed.

But the stay comes after a week of legal confusion.

May 11, 2014

Traditional marriage advocates charge by striking down Arkansas' ban against marriage equality, Judge Chris Piazza has created havoc

Judge Chris Piazza

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the state's top lawyer made the statement late last night (10 May).

May 10, 2014

The couple's ceremony was witnessed by Cheryl Maples, an attorney who has worked for marriage equality in the US southern state

A lesbian couple were the first to get a same-sex marriage license in the southern US state Arkansas.

As reported by the Associated Press today, 10 May, Kristin Seaton and Jennifer Rambo received their license from Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn.

May 9, 2014

Ruling comes after county offices close for the week - flood of marriage applicants expected Monday

Writing that 'tradition alone cannot form a rational basis for a law,' a state judge on Friday (9 May) struck down a ban on gay marriage in the state of Arkansas.

Second Division Circuit Judge Chris Piazza did not stay his ruling which means same-sex marriage is immediately legal in the state.

May 9, 2014

Ruling comes after county offices close for the week - flood of marriage applicants expected Monday

Writing that 'tradition alone cannot form a rational basis for a law,' a state judge on Friday (9 May) struck down a ban on gay marriage in the state of Arkansas.

Second Division Circuit Judge Chris Piazza did not stay his ruling which means same-sex marriage is immediately legal in the state.

May 5, 2014

Like many other US southern states, support for gay marriage is more popular with people under 30

A recent poll shows voters in the southern US state of Arkansas prefer civil unions over gay marriage.

The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows 'only 27% of voters in the state support gay marriage' while 63% are opposed.

Residents in former President Bill Clinton's former home state do stand behind civil unions.

May 5, 2014

Like many other US southern states, support for gay marriage is more popular with people under 30

A recent poll shows voters in the southern US state of Arkansas prefer civil unions over gay marriage.

The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, shows 'only 27% of voters in the state support gay marriage' while 63% are opposed.

Residents in former President Bill Clinton's former home state do stand behind civil unions.

May 3, 2014

In 2004 Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today, 3 May, that although he supports marriage equality he will defend the state's constitutional ban.

The Democrat, who was first elected in 2006, made the announcement at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention.

According to the Associated Press, McDaniel is the first statewide elected official in the US southern state to back same-sex marriage.

May 3, 2014

In 2004 Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today, 3 May, that although he supports marriage equality he will defend the state's constitutional ban.

The Democrat, who was first elected in 2006, made the announcement at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention.

According to the Associated Press, McDaniel is the first statewide elected official in the US southern state to back same-sex marriage.

April 26, 2014

'Right now, this country is deeply divided into two Americas—one where LGBT equality is nearly a reality and the other where LGBT people lack the most fundamental measures of equal citizenship'

The Human Rights Campaign is bringing the gay equality struggle to the US South.

April 9, 2014

Former Arkansas Governor says he's not a 'hater' but simply 'on the right side of the Bible”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee insists he is not a homophobe, he's just a Christian.

During a keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition this week, Huckabee reiterated that he believes marriage should be between one man and one woman because he is 'on the right side of the Bible.'

'I'm not against anybody, I'm really not,' he insisted. 'I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic.'

April 9, 2014

Former Arkansas Governor says he's not a 'hater' but simply 'on the right side of the Bible”

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee insists he is not a homophobe, he's just a Christian.

During a keynote address to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition this week, Huckabee reiterated that he believes marriage should be between one man and one woman because he is 'on the right side of the Bible.'

'I'm not against anybody, I'm really not,' he insisted. 'I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic.'

March 19, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 19, 2014

HRC delivers petition with 35,000 signatures in support of Taylor Ellis

Taylor Ellis was one of seven students asked to write a bio to appear in the Sheridan High School yearbook.

The problem is, at least to the school principal and district superintendent, is that in his profile, Ellis talks about being gay.

The school's refusal to publish the profile has led to a standoff that resulted in the largest LGBTI rights organization in the US delivering a petition with more than 35,000 to the headquarters of Sheridan School District on Wednesday (19 March).

March 13, 2014

Joycelyn Elders says ban 'has long been a policy in search of a rationale'

Former US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls the military's ban on transgender people serving 'a policy in search of a rationale.'

Elders made her remarks upon the release today of a report by the Transgender Military Service Commission which concluded that the Pentagon's ban on transgender military service is not based on sound medical reasoning.

October 19, 2013

Teacher Tippi McCullough married her partner in New Mexico, only to be told by the principal she should resign or face 'public firing'

A lesbian teacher at an Arkansas Catholic school has been fired after she married her partner of 14 years.

 

Tippi McCullough, a teacher at Mount St Mary's Academy in Littlerock, Arkansas, had travelled to New Mexico to marry her partner, Barb Mariani.

 

However, shortly after the ceremony the school's secretary called, telling McCullough she would be fired were she to get married.

June 13, 2013

Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and TV host, has also said 'every fear' over same-sex marriage has come true

Former US presidential nominee Mike Huckabee has delivered another speech about the evils of gay rights.

At the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week, the former governor of Arkansas told attendees marriage will be ‘twisted into perversion’ and ‘formed into an unholy pretzel’ as a result of same-sex marriage.

May 21, 2013

Legislation has been passed by Senate but is stalled in House of Representatives

Former President Bill Clinton is using his still considerable political clout to try and get Illinois to become the 13th state in the US to make gay marriage legal.

Proposed marriage equality legislation, already passed by the State Senate, has been stalled for some time in the Illinois House of Representatives.

In a statement released Tuesday (21 May) Clinton urged members of the House to pass the bill before the legislature adjourns its spring session on 31 May.

April 3, 2013

Clinton now calling for demise of DOMA which he signed into law in 1996

Former US President Bill Clinton will be presented with the Advocate for Change Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles later this month for his recent work on behalf of marriage equality.

The award, to be presented at a star-studded gala on 20 April, could be seen as controversial to some since it is Clinton who signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996. He has since called for the law to be struck down.