Anti-same sex marriage resolution’s future uncertain – Local lawmakers sign on as cosponsors in attempt to call constitutional conventions

February 28, 2017

It’s the issue that won’t die, at least not in Arkansas or most of the South: same-sex marriage.

Even though considered settled after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, establishing that the denial of marriage licenses to same-sex couples and the refusal to recognize those marriages performed in other jurisdictions violates the Due Process and the Equal Protection clauses of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Arkansas Senate Joint Resolution calls for “a convention for proposing an amendment … prohibiting the United States Constitution or the constitutions or laws of any state from defining or construing the definition of ‘marriage’ to mean anything other than the union of one man and one woman.”

The resolution was introduced by State Sens. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow and Mickey Gates, R-Hot Springs. Among its co-sponsors are State Sens. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, and Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who represent parts of the Guard-coverage area.

The resolution fell one vote short of the 18 votes needed for passage on Tuesday. It could return, though, as Rapert successfully moved to expunge both votes so he could bring the measures back later.

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