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September 26th, 2014

Arkansas diocese wants to enter gay marriage suit

September 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — The leader of Arkansas' Roman Catholic diocese wants the state's highest court to consider his thoughts on the voter-approved gay-marriage ban.

Anthony Taylor, the bishop of Little Rock, asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday to accept a friend of the court brief that argues justices should uphold Arkansas' 2004 same-sex-marriage ban. A state judge tossed the ban last spring.

According to the media, the filing notes the ban was enacted by the people and says eliminating it would undermine an institution that is the bedrock of any society.

Groups argue over alcohol measure on ballot

September 26, 2014

LITTLE ROCK — Opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all Arkansas counties argued Thursday it would lead to liquor stores opening near churches and schools, an accusation the group behind the measure denied as the two sides filed briefs before the state's highest court.

The two groups and state election officials also tangled over whether the state used the right deadline in accepting petitions for the measure, which would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties. Currently, 37 counties are dry.

 

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