Arkansas lawmakers still back gay marriage ban
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation say they still oppose gay marriage despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and clearing the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California.
The state's congressmen and senators said Wednesday they still support the amendment Arkansas voters approved in 2004 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
Justices on Wednesday tossed out a part of the Defense of Marriage Act that prevented legally married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits. The court didn't rule on California's same-sex marriage ban, leaving in place a trial court's ruling that it's unconstitutional.
Opponents of Arkansas' ban said they hoped the decision would help change minds about the issue.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.