Tagged: chris piazza

The Fantastic Politics of 'The West Wing,' 15 Years Later (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 9/24/2014 2:11 pm

Popular culture influences our understanding of politics and it shapes the way we view our present circumstances. This week, as new shows premiere on networks and cable, we also mark the 15th anniversary of the indelible political drama "The West Wing."

Arkansas Asks Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Ban

by Andrew DeMillo 9/15/2014 3:07 pm

A county judge was wrong to find that Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage violated the state and federal constitutions, the attorney general's office argued Monday as it asked the state's highest court to uphold the prohibition.

Arkansas Court Denies Recusal Bid in Marriage Case

by Associated Press 9/4/2014 10:28 am

Arkansas' highest court has denied a request by same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban that any justices planning to seek re-election recuse themselves from the case.

Gay Couples Ask Justices to Recuse in Marriage Case

by Associated Press 8/4/2014 4:19 pm

Same-sex couples challenging Arkansas' gay marriage ban are asking any state Supreme Court justices who plan on seeking re-election to recuse from the case, arguing a legislative resolution supporting the prohibition could sway their opinion.

Legislators Tell State Supreme Court: Uphold Ban on Gay Marriages

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 6/20/2014 11:25 am

A resolution asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, which a circuit judge recently overturned, won support from state lawmakers Friday.

Is Our Judicial System Broken? (Brian Ratcliff Commentary)

by Brian H. Ratcliff 6/9/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas must work to preserve its judicial independence or glove up for the constant battle of the branches that will divide our state as we have never seen before.

On Marriage (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 5/22/2014 10:28 am

Two weeks ago Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza declared Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, sparking a statewide debate about the future of marriage and its legal, political, religious and social implications.

Curtis Coleman: Allow Lawmakers to Override Court

by Associated Press 5/19/2014 3:08 pm

A candidate running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas says the Legislature should have veto power over state courts after a judge struck down a same-sex marriage ban.

Arkansas High Court Suspends Gay Marriage Ruling

by Associated Press 5/16/2014 4:44 pm

Arkansas' highest court has suspended a judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples.

Resolution On Gay Marriage Fails in Arkansas Legislature

by Associated Press 5/16/2014 10:20 am

Arkansas lawmakers have blocked a resolution urging the state Supreme Court to uphold a ban on same-sex marriage.

Clerks in Pulaski, Washington Counties Resume Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

by Associated Press 5/15/2014 3:56 pm

The county clerks in Pulaski and Washington counties have resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge struck down a law that barred the practice.

Judge Strikes All Arkansas Bans on Gay Marriage

by Andrew DeMillo and Christina Huynh 5/15/2014 3:27 pm

A judge cleared the way on Thursday for gay marriages to resume in Arkansas, striking down all state laws that prevent same-sex couples from wedding.

ADH: No More Changes to Birth Certificates After Ruling

by Associated Press 5/15/2014 10:42 am

Arkansas is no longer allowing gay couples to be listed as the parents on birth certificates after the state's high court said a prohibition on same-sex marriage licenses is still in effect.

Lawyers Ask Judge to Expand Gay Marriage Ruling

by Associated Press 5/15/2014 10:39 am

Attorneys for a group of gay couples asked a state judge on Thursday to clarify whether he intended to strike down all Arkansas laws prohibiting same-sex marriage when he voided the state's ban last week.

With Supreme Court Ruling, Gay Marriages Now Off in Arkansas

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 5/14/2014 6:01 pm

Gay couples in Arkansas will not be able to get married even though the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that struck down the ban on same-sex marriage because a separate law that prevents issuing marriage licenses to gays is still valid.

Attorney General Again Asks for Stay of Gay Marriage Ruling

by Associated Press 5/14/2014 10:12 am

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking the state's highest court to suspend a ruling striking down a gay marriage ban, saying it's led to "pervasive" confusion among county clerks.

Gov. Mike Beebe: Court Should Decide Marriage Validity

by Associated Press 5/13/2014 11:10 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says it'll be up to the state's high court to decide whether hundreds of marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples are valid while the state defends its gay marriage ban.

Gay Couples Marry in Little Rock; Attorney General Seeks Stay

by Christina Huynh, The Associated Press 5/12/2014 10:29 am

Dozens of gay couples, some of whom waited in line overnight, received licenses to marry from county clerks Monday, while lawyers for the state of Arkansas asked its highest court to suspend an order gutting a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage.

Legal, Political Gains for Gay Marriage (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/11/2014 3:30 pm

Nearly a decade after Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved a same-sex marriage ban, gay rights supporters are enjoying a rare combination of legal and political gains in their fight to have the prohibition struck down.

Arkansas Judge Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

by Associated Press 5/9/2014 5:05 pm

An Arkansas judge on Friday struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, opening the door for gay couples to wed. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said the 2004 amendment's definition of marriage as allowable only between a man and a woman is unconstitutional and violates the rights of same-sex couples.