Americans for Marriage Equality

State ResourcesArkansas

Status: Constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

Wright v. Arkansas - On May 9, 2014, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down Arkansas’s ban on same-sex marriages, saying the constitutional amendment passed by Arkansas voters in 2004 to ban such marriages was “an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality. On May 16, the state Supreme Court suspended marriages while state officials' appeal. During the week in which same-sex marriages were allowed, more than 450 Arkansas same-sex couples married.

Jernigan v. Crane - Plaintiffs are two couples who wish to marry in their home state of Arkansas.  They are represented by Jack Wagoner, who also serves as co-counsel in the Wright case.  Jernigan was filed July 15, 2013.