Arkansas House OKs anti-gay marriage resolution

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - As the U.S. Supreme Court considers two gay marriage cases, The Arkansas House has passed a resolution reaffirming opposition to allowing same-sex couples to marry.

    By a voice vote, lawmakers on Wednesday approved a resolution in support of the federal law that bars legally-married same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits. The vote came several hours after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that challenges the constitutionality of that law.

    Several lawmakers gave emotional presentations in urging a vote against the resolution.

    The non-binding resolution doesn't change any law. Arkansas voters in 2004 approved an amendment to the state's constitution that prohibits the state from recognizing same-sex marriage or civil unions.

    Seventy-five percent of voters supported that measure.

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