Marriage. Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman.
Marital status. Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman.
Capacity, rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities. The legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.
On May 9, 2014, Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled the ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas was unconstitutional, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state. Previously same-sex marriage was banning in both state statute and the state constitution in Arkansas. Subject to court stays and appeals.
Notes 1 In Kansas and Missouri, marriage bans were struck down by their relevant appeals court but licenses are only issued in select counties. 2 Marriages were entered into before the relevant rulings were stayed, and are recognised by the federal government. Over 300 "window marriages" are also recognised by the state government of Michigan. 3 Only for the purposes of death certificates.