[JURIST] A judge for Arkansas' Pulaski County Circuit Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, striking down both the Arkansas General Assembly Act 144 of 1997 and the 2004 Amendment 83 of the Arkansas State Constitution [text, PDF]. Reviewing not only state and federal constitutional arguments, but also interstate analysis on the issue, Judge Chris Piazza applied [academic review] heightened scrutiny as a minimal standard of review. The court held that...

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