LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas judge on Friday struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage, opening the door for gay couples to wed.
Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said the 2004 amendment’s definition of marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional and violates the rights of same-sex couples.
The ruling came nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court.
McDaniel’s office is expected to quickly appeal Piazza’s ruling to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
The 2004 constitutional amendment was passed with the overwhelming support of Arkansas voters.
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