Feb 19, 2016

Two same-sex couples challenged the Arkansas marriage laws that limited marriage to between a man and a woman. In November 2014, the trial court struck down these laws as an unconstitutional violation of same-sex couples’ fundamental right to marry.

Arkansas appealed this ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. In March 2015, we filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs. We argued that recognizing same-sex couples’ right to marry would not infringe the religious beliefs of others, and that religious objections to marriage equality do not justify refusing to recognize same-sex couples’ rights.

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 decision on marriage equality, the Eighth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s decision and ruled for the plaintiffs in August 2015.