Update: AR Supreme Court Tackles New Issue in Same Sex Marriage Case

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Supreme Court is making a request of appellants in a pending case on same sex marriage in the state.

In an order handed down this morning, the high court ordered responses on which justices should sit on the case. See the order attached above or click here to read.

Appellants have 30 days to respond.

On Jan. 23, appellants in the case asked for a second oral argument before the court to include three justices who were not able to attend the first oral argument on Nov. 20.

In today’s ruling, the court stated that “the parties have taken competing positions regarding the justices who will serve on this case” as the issue to be addressed.

The matter involves Special Justice Robert McCorkindale, who was appointed by Gov. Mike Beebe to the case after then-Justice Cliff Hoofman recused. Hoofman’s term expired and he was replaced by Justice Rhonda Wood. 

The case dates back to May 2014, when Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage. The action led to hundreds of same sex marriages in Arkansas in a handful of counties.

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