Wait continues on filed suit for same sex rights in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- The fight against an Arkansas ban on gay marriage was back in Pulaski County court Thursday.
Several homosexual couples have filed suit to get the ban overturned, saying they want the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Before announcing how he'll approach this ruling, Judge Chris Piazza said "This is a constitutional issue of immense proportion."
Piazza then added that he's going to release his ruling in about two weeks, which will then determine where this case goes moving forward.
The defense council from the Arkansas Attorney General's office cited multiple court cases in which the same issue was brought up in other states, but shot down by other respective judges.
"We presented our case today in defense of an amendment passed by the people, which is the Attorney General's constitutional responsibility," said spokesperson Aaron Sadler in a statement released to Channel Seven Thursday.
"Although the Attorney General strongly opposes discrimination of any kind, the office's defense of the state's definition of marriage will continue zealously unless the Arkansas Supreme Court declares Amendment 83 unconstitutional," it continued.
Meanwhile attorney Jack Wagoner said on behalf of the plaintiff that in numerous cases other honorable judges ruled in favor of rights for homosexual couples.
It was a passionate argument by Wagoner in the nearly three-hour long hearing. Following that hearing he said this case has taken on a different feel from most in his career.
"I don't know, I've always been for the little guy. I've always been for the underdog, the one that's been treated unfairly, discriminated against," Wagoner said when asked about the emotional toll.
"You know it's kind of what drove me to law school. I grew up in the 60s and 70s so maybe I have a strong anti-authority streak, so anytime I see the authority pushing someone around it kind of gets my go," he continued.
We'll be awaiting Judge Piazza's decision in the coming couple of weeks to see where this suit is headed next.