Arkansas legislators OK statement on same-sex marriages
LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--In yet another attempt to ban same-sex marriages, Republican Senator Jason Rapert pushed a measure, that's been approved by the Arkansas Legislative Council, urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.
Since it's a non-binding resolution, this means it will be forwarded to the Supreme Court, as Rapert hopes they will take this into consideration when deciding whether or not to uphold Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling or overturn it.
Since Judge Piazza's ruling that banning same-sex marriage in Arkansas was unconstitutional in May, more than 500 same-sex couples flocked to county courthouses to obtain their marriage licenses. Many did before the Supreme Court blocked the ruling pending an appeal.
Now, Rapert continues to make a push to uphold what the voters decided back in 2004 defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
"That's what they did Amendment 83 and this legislature represents the people of Arkansas," said Rapert. "And the people of Arkansas also already showed that they still believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and we represent their interests."
On Friday, the state's Legislative Council approved Rapert's measure that accuses Judge Piazza of failing to uphold his oath to uphold the Arkansas Constitution.
"Really all this is a red herring, and as a tax payer in the state of Arkansas, I'm very concerned these pieces of legislation that Jason Rapert keeps pushing are costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Drew Pritt, part of the LGBT community and also known as a political activist.
Not everyone is agreeing with Rapert, Democratic Senator David Johnson says Judge Piazza was following the law and noted judges in other states have made similar decisions, he said it's not like "all these judges are going off the rails."
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