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Same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned
Same-sex marriage bans in Mississippi, Arkansas overturned

Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday became the latest states to have same-sex marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals. Like several other states, Arkansas and Mississippi had constitutional amendments approved by voters in 2004 that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. In Arkansas, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled in favor of two same-sex couples who had challenged the amendment. They argued that the ban violated the U.S. Constitution and discriminated based on sexual orientation. "The fact that Amendment 83 was adopted by referendum does not immunize it from...

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