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Pond Mountain Lodge and Resort - Lesbian OwnedEvent Location in Eureka Springs, AR, USA

Pond Mountain Lodge and Resort
1218 Hwy. 23 South, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632, USA

Phone: 1 479 253-5877
Toll Free: 1 800 583-8043
Fax: 1 479 253-9087
Contact: Judy Jones

Serving: Northwest Arkansas
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Gay Wedding Event Location in Eureka Springs, AR, USA. Let us help you plan your union, stress free. We provide lodging, minister, photographer and reception in beautiful settings outdoors or indoors.
USA, AR, Eureka Springs - Lesbian Owned

Cliff Cottage Inn - Gay FriendlyEvent Location in Eureka Springs, AR, USA

Cliff Cottage Inn
Eureka Springs, AR, 72632, USA

Phone: 1 479 253-7409
Contact: S. C. Smith

Serving: Ozark Mountains
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Gay Wedding Event Location in Eureka Springs, AR, USA. Performing gay unions and commitment ceremonies since 1992 in the heart of Eureka Springs gay-friendly artsy downtown
USA, AR, Eureka Springs - Gay Friendly

As a gay couple together since 1992, we believe that marriage and all the responsibilities and benefits that come with it should be available to committed gay and lesbian couples everywhere. So we created Purple Unions, a place where gay and lesbian couples can find gay friendly wedding vendors to help them plan their perfect wedding day.

Arkansas currently does not allow or recognize marriages between gay and lesbian couples. The state allows adoption by LGBT individuals, but not by gay and lesbian couples. A state marriage equality lawsuit resulted in a brief window for same sex weddings in May 2014; the ruling is on hold pending an appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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Gay Marriage Laws in Arkansas

Relationship Recognition: Legal Ban
Out of State Recognition: No
Adoption: No

If we know about any local marriage equality events, we'll list them here.

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Gay Marriage News in Arkansas

Arkansas Governor Signs Updated Bill

Apr 3rd, 2015

We also have some updates out of Arkansas, after the Governor there unexpectedly declined to sign that state's right to discriminate bill, asking for changes. Former AG Opposes Bill: Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wrote an op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette condemning the "religious freedom" bill passed this week by the legislature but that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has refused to... read_more

Apr 2nd, 2015

Lots of news out of Arkansas yesterday after the legislature sent a right to discriminate bill to the Governor's desk: Governor Refuses to Sign Bill: Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) announced Wednesday that he would not sign the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" (RFRA) as it was presented to him by the legislature on Tuesday, urging the legislature to recall the bill and... read_more

Arkansas House Sends Right to Discriminate Bill to Governor

Apr 1st, 2015

First the state's GOP wiped out all local LGBT protections in the state. Now they are sending a bill to the Governor that's similar to Indiana's new right to discriminate law: LGBT Weekly reports:

A religious freedom bill that is similar to the Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people... read_more

Federal Judge Overturns Arkansas Marriage Equality Ban

Nov 26th, 2014

A federal judge just struck down the state's ban on marriage equality. The Washington Blade reports:

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, wrote in a 45-page decision that Arkansas' prohibition on gay nuptials, known as Amendment 83, violates the fundamental right to marriage protected by Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the... read_more

USA, Arkansas: State Supreme Court Stays Arkansas Marriage Equality Ruling

May 16th, 2014

The state Supreme Court issued a stay on Judge Piazza's marriage equality ruling, halting weddings in the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Arkansas' highest court has suspended a judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban, halting the distribution of licenses that have been issued to hundreds of gay couples. The state Supreme Court on Friday granted a request to... read_more

Arkansas Marriage Equality Widens - Third County Issuing Licenses

May 16th, 2014

Conway County is joining in the Arkansas marriage equality rush along with Pulaski and Washington counties. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Conway County clerk says her office will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge paved the way for clerks to start granting them. Conway County Clerk Debbie Hartman said Friday that her office will begin issuing marriage... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Supreme Court Gives Plaintiffs One Day to Respond to New Stay Request

May 16th, 2014

Things are humming along in Arkansas - the State Supreme Court gave plaintiffs a 2 PM Friday deadline to respond to a request for a stay of Judge Piazza's new order. LGBTQ Nation reports:

Arkansas' highest court has moved up its deadline for a group of same-sex couples to respond to a bid to halt a judge's ruling that struck... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Second County Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

May 16th, 2014

In addition to Pulaski County, Washington County is once again issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples. LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Washington County clerk has resumed issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a day after a circuit judge in Pulaski County ruled that all state laws barring gay marriage are unconstitutional. Two same-sex couples received wedding licenses shortly after the... read_more

Arkansas Marriage Equality on the Cover of the Arkansas Times

May 16th, 2014

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73dc4fedd970d-500wi Check out this beautiful cover photo of the Arkansas Times. The paper also takes on its rival, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's endorsement of civil unions over full marriage equality.

...civil unions are illegal in Arkansas. The Democrat-Gazette thus endorsed something that is unconstitutional in Arkansas. Unless Chris Piazza is upheld... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Weddings Resume Today in Arkansas Marriage Equality Case

May 16th, 2014

After Judge Piazza cleared the way yesterday by striking down all state laws against Arkansas marriage equality, couples are free to marry again today, at least in Pulaski County. The Advocate reports:

Just one day after the Arkansas Supreme Court declared Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's constitutional and statutory bans on same-sex marriage incomplete and... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Judge Strikes Down ALL Arkansas Marriage Equality Bans

May 15th, 2014

This just in - Judge Chris Piazza has extended his Arkansas marriage equality ruling to strike down all the laws banning same sex marriage in the state. LGBTQ Nation reports:

An Arkansas judge has struck down all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying, expanding on his order finding such bans unconstitutional. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza clarified his... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Weddings Shut Down in Arkansas Marriage Equality Case

May 15th, 2014

The state Supreme court declined to stay a lower court's Arkansas marriage equality ruling, so why have the weddings stopped? Edge Boston explains:

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza had specifically struck down Arkansas' constitutional amendment 83 of 2004 as well as Act 144 of 1997, which says that marriage is "only between a man and a woman." However, his... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Supreme Court Won't Stay Arkansas Marriage Equality Decision

May 14th, 2014

The state supreme court said it wouldn't stay the Arkansas marriage equality ruling, but we're not outta the woods yet. Edge Boston reports:

The high court on Wednesday turned down the request from Attorney General Dustin McDaniel that would have halted the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses. But the court also gave no direction to counties about what they should... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Plaintiffs File Brief; Weddings Continue

May 13th, 2014

The plaintiffs in Arkansas's marriage equality lawsuit filed their brief aiming to block a stay with the state Supreme Court. Towleroad.com reports:

Earlier today, the plaintiffs in the Arkansas case overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage filed a motion asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to deny separate requests filed by a group of county clerks and by the Attorney... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Supreme Court Asks for Response Today

May 13th, 2014

Arkansas AG Dustin McDaniel asked the state Supreme Court to stay the marriage equality decision there. The response? Towleroad.com reports:

The Arkansas Supreme Court has responded to Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's request for a stay of Judge Chris Piazza's ruling overturning the state's ban on gay marriage by giving plaintiffs until noon tomorrow to respond. The Arkansas Times paper... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Carroll County Stops Issuing Marriage Licenses

May 12th, 2014

A lawyer has brought the issuance of marriage licenses in Carroll County (home to Eureka Spring) to a halt. Joe.My.God reports:

JMG reader Homer writes to say that Carroll County, home to gay-friendly Eureka Springs, has ceased issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after being served with a lawsuit from a local attorney. The Associated Press is confirming that gay... read_more

USA, Arkansas: More Gay Weddings; Many Counties Balk

May 12th, 2014

The first same sex marriage license has been issued in Pulaski County in Little Rock, Arkansas. ABC News reports:

Couples lined up before dawn Monday outside Little Rock's courthouse as the state's largest county began issuing gay marriage licenses following a judge's ruling overturning Arkansas' constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The Pulaski County clerk's office issued its first same-sex marriage... read_more

USA, Arkansas: One County Lets Couples Marry, AG Requests Stay - What Happens Monday?

May 10th, 2014

Couples are marrying in Carroll County. ABC News reports:

Gay marriage arrived in the Bible Belt on Saturday, beginning with two women who had traveled overnight to ensure they'd be first in line. "Thank God," Jennifer Rambo said after Carroll County Deputy Clerk Jane Osborn issued a marriage license to her and Kristin Seaton, a former volleyball player at the... read_more

USA, Arkansas: No Stay in Marriage Equality Ruling

May 10th, 2014

The judge in Arkansas has not stayed his ruling. Eureka Springs plans to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples this morning. Joe.My.God reports:

Arkansans for Equality reports that the clerk's office in the tiny town of Eureka Springs will be open to issue marriage licenses at 9AM today. There is no waiting period in Arkansas and proof... read_more

USA, Arkansas: Judge Declares Marriage Equality Ban Unconstitutional

May 9th, 2014

It's official - another ruling against a gay marriage ban, this time in Arkansas. The Washington Blade reports:

A circuit judge in Arkansas has struck down the state’s laws banning on same-sex marriage, citing the 1967 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that eliminated bans on interracial marriage throughout the country. In a 13-page decision, Judge Chris Piazza ruled that... read_more

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