LGBTQ

Jacqueline Froelich

The Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade celebrated its ninth year, on Saturday following Friday’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Thousands of participants and spectators turned out. The Grand Marshal for the 2015 parade was state civil rights attorney Cheryl Maples. Jacqueline Froelich covered the event and provides this audio postcard.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. We talk with LGBT legal scholar Danielle Weatherby about the decision, and political implications, and also get reaction from Arkansas's first gay and lesbian couples to be married after the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was struck down by a state court just over a year ago.

Jacqueline Froelich

Last week, a Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge authorized hundreds of Arkansas same-sex marriages, conducted during a week-long window more than a year ago, to be recognized by federal and state agencies. Now a growing number of couples are encountering bureaucratic obstacles.

The mid-south regional social security administration directs any same-sex marriage entitlement inquiries to: www.socialsecurity.gov/same-sexcouples

MUSIC: "Sunshine" Young Empires

Jacqueline Froelich

In reaction to expanding LGBT civil rights, Jacqueline Froelich reports on a cascade of counter-veiling laws both passed and proposed in Arkansas.

Arkansas General Assembly

A bill to bar counties and cities from enacting inclusive civil rights ordinances passed the Arkansas State Senate Monday afternoon and is currently in the House. The measure is getting flack, however, from the city of Eureka Springs--which passed its own emergency anti-bias ordinance Monday night.

MUSIC: Peace by O.A.R.

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