Arkansas Gay Rights Groups Struggle As Marriage Vote Looms
by David Hammer
The Associated Press
(Little Rock, Arkansas) As a campaign for a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage picks up strength, the voice of the Arkansas gay-rights community has become muted.
When the state Supreme Court ruled last week against an American Civil Liberties Union challenge of the ballot language for the marriage amendment, Arkansas' leading spokesmen for gay rights could not be found.
Gay marriage ban goes to Louisiana supreme court
An appeals court decided Wednesday that the Louisiana supreme court should be the next stop for the state's disputed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, prolonging uncertainty over whether the ban will hold. The first circuit court of appeals ruled that the state's highest court has purview over the ban since it involves a constitutional amendment.