(As posted to my Gazette blog)
Good news and bad — but predictable — news out of Arkansas today.
The good news: A judge has struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The bad but predictable news: The state will appeal the ruling.
It’s predictable because it seems to be the way many states with homophobic laws operate when a judge rules against them: appeal, even though they may know they will lose the appeal. But I suppose the people doing the appealing feel it is their duty. At least, that is what a spokesperson for Arkansas is saying. According to the Associated Press report (see CBC site): The ruling (in Arkansas) came nearly a week after state Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he personally supports gay marriage rights but that he will continue to defend the constitutional ban in court. McDaniel’s office said he would appeal the ruling. “We respect the Court’s decision, but, in keeping with the Attorney General’s obligation to defend the state constitution, we will appeal,” spokesman Aaron Sadler said.
Hmm . . . I’m sure tax payers don’t mind what will surely be a waste of their money, especially people who feel they have a right to impose their values on everybody else and dictate the parameters of loving relationships.
I’m putting Arkansas on my list of places to avoid for now.
It should also be noted here that not all states defend same-sex marriage bans. Says the Associated Press report: “Democratic attorneys general in several states — including Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon and Kentucky — have declined to defend same-sex marriage bans.”