Impeachment Talks in Arkansas After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

By KOLR10 News

Published 05/11 2014 11:32AM

Updated 05/11 2014 11:37AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ar. -- Some Arkansas leaders seek impeachment over same-sex marriage ruling.

On May 9, a judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs by stating the same sex marriage ban in Arkansas was unconstitutional.

Senator Jason Rapert says the judge's decision should not stand since he says 75% of Arkansans voted in 2004 that marriage is between a man and woman.

He said, "I have been contacted today by other legislators that would seek to start impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives against Judge Chris Piazza."

The Attorney General's Office plans to appeal the decision.

The office also submitted an emergency stay to the court, which would mean the same sex marriage ban would stay in place until the Supreme Court can make a decision on the issue.


LITTLE ROCK, Ar. -- Speaker of the House Davy Carter has issued a response to the "impeachment chatter" following the ruling which declares the same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

The following is the direct quote from Carter:

"Trying to impeach a Judge because you don't like his or her decision notwithstanding the subject matter is absurd and goes against hundreds of years of the way our great country has conducted business under our three branches of government. Circuit judges are elected by the people, as are our appellate and state Supreme Court judges. The appellate process needs to run its course. Our forefathers saw the importance of our constitution and system of self-governance. That system has worked well for a long time and makes us who we are as a country. I won't support any effort to undermine that."

(KARK, Little Rock)

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