Attorney General Rutledge Rejects Yet Another Recreational Marijuana Measure

June 30, 2017 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Last week Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge rejected yet another recreational marijuana proposal.

The proposal would have allowed anyone 21 or older to buy, sell, grow, or use marijuana in Arkansas. The A.G.’s office rejected the proposal, citing ambiguities in the measure’s text.

If all of this sounds familiar, that’s because it is not the first time our Attorney General has rejected a recreational marijuana proposal. In fact, this is at least the third measure the A.G. has rejected in the past six weeks.

As we keep saying: Marijuana proponents are not content to stop at “medical marijuana.” The endgame is–and always has been–full legalization of marijuana.

You can read the A.G.’s entire opinion on the proposal here.

Ten Commandments Unveiled on Capitol Grounds

June 27, 2017 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

Arkansas’ monument of the Ten Commandments was placed on the Capitol Grounds this morning.

Senator Jason Rapert (R-Bigelow) who sponsored the legislation authorizing the monument in 2015 was present for its unveiling.

Earlier this spring the State Capitol Arts and Ground Commission authorized the monument as a formality before construction could officially begin.

It is similar to a monument ruled constitutional in Texas, and is being privately funded. It celebrates the influence and legacy of the Ten Commandments in western law.

Below are a few pictures of the new monument.

U.S. Supreme Court Upends Arkansas Supreme Court’s Good Birth Certificate Ruling

June 26, 2017 | Posted in Family, Marriage | By

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 26, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, AR – On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the State of Arkansas must list two “mothers” on a child’s birth certificate if the child’s birth mother is legally married to another woman. The ruling overturned a good decision the Arkansas Supreme Court handed down last December.

Family Council President Jerry Cox issued a statement saying, “The U.S. Supreme Court is asking Arkansas to ignore basic facts about biology. Birth certificates exist to record that a child was born and who the child’s biological parents are presumed to be. As the Arkansas Supreme Court correctly noted last year, no child can have two biological mothers, but the Arkansas Department of Health will now be forced to operate as if that is possible because of this court ruling.”

Cox said the ruling sets a dangerous precedent. “The U.S. Supreme Court is treating the names that appear on birth certificates like some sort of marriage benefit. Birth certificates are issued for the sake of children—not for the sake of adults. They are not simply pieces of paper. They are vital records that need to be accurate and deserve respect. We should not let them become mere political ploys in the ongoing debates about marriage.”

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Photo Credit: By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.