A circuit judge in Arkansas has struck down the state’s laws banning on same-sex marriage, citing the federal lawsuit that eliminated bans on interracial marriage throughout the country.
In a 13-page decision, Judge Chris Piazza ruled that Arkansas laws barring same-sex couples from marriage violate both the state constitution and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
This doesn't mean that Arkansas gays can immediately get married, though; Piazza did not stay his ruling, which does mean that gay couples can apply for marriage licenses on Monday morning. The state will presumably apply for a stay as soon as possible. This decision can still be appealed, so the fight's nowhere near over yet. Still, it's good to see these laws come crumbling down even in the deepest of Deep South states.
(This post was updated at 3:44 pm to reflect the fact that Piazza did not stay the ruling.)