New York –(ENEWSPF)–November 25, 2014. Today U.S. District Judge Kristine G. Baker ruled that denying marriage for same-sex couples in Arkansas is unconstitutional.
Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“Today’s ruling out of the deep south affirms what nearly every court in the past year has held: loving and committed same-sex couples are guaranteed the freedom to marry by the U.S. Constitution. Now is the time for the Supreme Court to take up a case and end marriage discrimination once and for all.
In total, virtually every federal and state court deciding a marriage case in the past 18 months has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry for same-sex couples with only one appellate court ruling the other way. Once the pro-marriage rulings from the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits are fully implemented, same-sex couples will have the freedom to marry in 35 states plus the District of Columbia, representing nearly two-thirds of the American people. And already, as of last month, a majority of Americans live in a freedom to marry state.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.