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Frazier-Henson v. Walther

Case #: 60CV-15-569
Court Level: County Circuit Court
Date Filed: 13 February 2015
Date of Ruling: 9 June 2015


  • 13 February 2015, complaint filed in Pulaski County, Arkansas, Civil Division, seeking recognition of the marriages that took place in Arkansas May 2014 before the stay.
  • The plaintiff is Allen W. Cox, a widow seeking death and survivor benefits through Social Security. He and his now deceased husband, Steven Hall Thomas, were married in Arkansas during the window. The defendant is Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, in her official capacity.
  • From the complaint: "Plaintiffs’ marriages and their rights, privileges, protections and recognition are protected by Arkansas law, the Arkansas Constitution and the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and are valid marriages regardless of the outcome of Wright or the pending federal case of Jernigan v. Crane [see immediately below] currently pending appeal in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals." The complaint seeks relief for couples "including Plaintiffs, who were legally married in Arkansas in May 2014 and whose marriages were valid at the time they were entered into."
  • 2 March 2015, an Amended Complaint was filed.
  • 29 May 2015, three of the five defendants were successful in getting the complaint against them dismissed, the case will go forward with the two remaining defendants.
  • 9 June 2015, Judge rules: ""Plaintiffs' prayer for injunctive relief is HEREBY GRANTED in all respects." Plaintiffs win!
  • 9 June 2015, Judge: Arkansas Must Recognize in-State Same-Sex Marriages - By Andrew DeMillo, AP via ABC News
John Moix v. Libby Moix

Case Number: CV-13-76
Date Filed: 7 November 2013
Date of Ruling: 21 November 2013


  • The AR Supreme Court considered reversing a county judge’s restriction barring John Moix, represented by ACLU Arkansas, from letting his gay partner stay overnight when John’s son is visiting.
  • 21 November, 2013, the AR Supreme Court ruled in favor of John Moix, and halted the statewide policy of always banning child visitation with any parent who lives with an unmarried partner, regardless of individual circumstances.

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