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Gay couples sue to repeal Arkansas ban on same-gender marriage | VIDEO

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Several Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) couples have taken a stand against Arkansas Amendment 83, saying that the amendment denies them the benefits and privileges given to married heterosexual couples.

The lawsuit filed against the state of Arkansas declares that while the US Supreme Court recognized marriage as one of the 'basic civil rights of man,' the Arkansas Constitution prevents gay marriage from being recognized. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit said the amendment is unconstitutional and violates their fundamental rights.

"These are the constitutional arguments to make," said University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law Professor Terri Beiner. "Now, whether they'll be successful or not, we'll just have to wait to see what the courts do with it."

"This complaint makes several challenges to Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages under both the state and the federal constitution," added Beiner. "If I were a lawyer representing a same-sex couple, this is the lawsuit I would bring."

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