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Arkansas Supreme Court halts same-sex marriages in state

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday halted the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first and only state in the U.S. South to allow gay marriage. About 500 gay and lesbian couples have married since a state judge last…

Arkansas Supreme Court will not hear state appeal against marriage equality ruling

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – The Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday left in place a lower court ruling that struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it was not the right court to hear the state’s appeal. “The (trial) court’s order is not final, and…

More than 150 same-sex couples marry in Arkansas amid state high court delay

By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) – The Arkansas Supreme Court delayed its ruling until at least Tuesday on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to wed, even as more than 150 gay and lesbian couples were married at a county courthouse in the capital city of Little Rock.…

Juror’s tweets ensure retrial for death row inmate

A death row inmate in the southern US state of Arkansas has been granted a new trial after one juror during the original hearing was caught sending Twitter messages and another juror fell asleep. The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence for Erickson Dimas-Martinez, 26, and ordered…

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