Demand State Recognize Over 500 Same-Sex Marriages

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Target: Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson

Goal: Recognize over 500 same-sex marriages in the state of Arkansas.

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage there are still states that refuse to acknowledge these civil rights for same-sex couples. A judge in Arkansas recently ordered the state to recognize over 500 same-sex marriages that were considered null and void by the state’s attorney general. Sign this petition and tell Governor Asa Hutchinson to acknowledge the over 500 same-sex marriages in the state, as all couples should be able to marry whomever they want and reap the benefits.

Same-sex couples who received their marriage licenses between May 9 and 15 in 2014 will find their licenses null and void, thanks to the state’s attorney general, Leslie Rutledge. The Pulaski County Court Judge Wendell Griffen was validating same-sex marriage licenses in the state, but was forced to stop thanks to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Justices are now considering a voter-issued ban on same-sex marriage.

Rutledge defends the same-sex marriage ban, stating that a marriage can only be between a man and a woman. She believes that she is protecting the state’s interest by not acknowledging marriages between same-sex couples.

There are various benefits to being married. Couples can file for taxes together, acquire insurance, appear jointly on a child’s birth certificate, and so on. Same-sex couples have already expressed outrage at Arkansas’ ruling, and some have begun suing the state for violating their human rights. If you believe that same-sex couples should have the same benefits as heterosexual couples and be married, sign this petition. Tell Governor Asa Hutchinson to acknowledge all same-sex marriages in Arkansas.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Asa Hutchinson,

It astounds me that despite the Supreme Court ruling in favor for same-sex marriage, Arkansas continues to ban the practice. This violates federal law, and also violates the couples’ human rights. Same-sex couples should not be discriminated against, and yet the Arkansas Legislature refuses to acknowledge marriages between same-sex couples. These couples will not be able to file taxes together, or even have their names appear on their child’s birth certificate. This is extremely unfair and intolerant.

I implore you to recognize same-sex marriages in Arkansas. Same-sex couples should be able to marry just like heterosexual couples. By not acknowledging the marriages of same-sex couples Arkansas is telling the rest of the nation that it supports discrimination, and this is deeply disturbing. Humans should have the right to marry whomever they wish; the government should also support this right.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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