Yesterday here in Arkansas, Judge Chris Piazza ruled our ban against Same-Sex marriage unconstitutional.
Not just no, Piazza said, but hells no.
"This is an unconstitutional attempt to narrow the definition of equality," he wrote. "The exclusion of a minority for no rational reason is a dangerous precedent."
And all through the land, there was much rejoicing. We heard via FB that Eureka Springs would be issuing marriage licenses on Saturday morning* and one of my students (Jennifer Rambo -- she's been featured in every news outlet in the country at this point, I believe) and her sweetie left Fort Smith right then, reaching Eureka Springs at two a.m.
It was a bit tense for a while, I understand, as the first clerk on duty refused to issue them a license; but a second showed up and gave them one, and within an hour after the office opened, they were the first couple to gay-marry in the old South.
I gotta tell you, if you had told me even a year ago that Arkansas would be the first state in the South to make it across this line? Nah. Never.
*Most county office in Arkansas are only open week days, but Eureka Springs, being a big tourist town, has weekend hours for those who want to marry on the weekend.