Chapel News

Same-sex marriage in Arkansas is legal

Under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, a landmark case in which same-sex marriage bans were struck down on June 26, 2015.

The 5-4 decision was written by conservative justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by the quartet of the high court's liberal justices. The verdict is a powerful testament to liberty, marriage and the cruelty of barring gay couples from the institution. The decision was delivered on the anniversary of Lawrence v. Kansas, a decision also swung by justice Kennedy, that overturned state bans on gay sex in 2003. How far we've come in 12 short years.

From this day forward, there is no more gay marriage and straight marriage.

In America, it's just marriage now.

1. "The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change."

2. "The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times."

3. "[T]he right to personal choice regarding marriage is inherent in the concept of individual autonomy. This abiding connection between marriage and liberty is why Loving invalidated interracial marriage bans..."

4. "Excluding same-sex couples from marriage thus conflicts with a central premise of the right to marry. Without the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser....The marriage laws at issue here thus harm and humiliate the children of same-sex couples."

5. "It demeans gays and lesbians for the State to lock them out of a central institution of the Nation's society."

6. "Same-sex couples, too, may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage and seek fulfillment in its highest meaning."

7. "The right to marry is fundamental as a matter of history and tradition, but rights come not from ancient sources alone. They rise, too, from a better informed understanding of how constitutional imperatives define a liberty that remains urgent in our own era."

8. "Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right."

9. "It is now clear that the challenged laws burden the liberty of same-sex couples, and it must be further acknowledged that they abridge central precepts of equality."

10. "These considerations lead to the conclusion that the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty."

11. "The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/12-most-important-lines-from-the-historic-gay-marriage-decision-20150626#ixzz3ieMqsS00 Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

Perhaps Kennedy's last words summed it up the best : "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered."

The Bell Chapel has always been always been an advocate of the high ideals of love. That's why we have nothing to sell you..Nothing to rent you.. And we don't do Elvis.


Tell your spouse that you love them, again and again. We at the chapel are celebrating too...over 30 years of love stories. To share in the success story we offer any alumni of the chapel their first tune-up for free. Whether it be 20th, 10th, 7th, or 2nd anniversary, we want you to reaffirm your vows with us! Many local lodgings are offering reaffirmation specials also, so check around. Tell them you got married at the Little Bell.

Note: The price of Arkansas wedding licenses is $5​5.00 for Boone County (Harrison) and $​60.00 for Ca​r​roll (Eureka Springs), Marion (Yellville), Newton (Jasper) surrounding counties.

Delinquent child support may mean losing hunting and fishing privileges.
On a regular basis, the Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement provides the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission with a list of parents who are delinquent in child support payments. Hunting or fishing license holders who are on the delinquent child support list are given an opportunity to comply with their child support obligations before losing hunting and fishing privileges. For more information, contact the Arkansas Office of Child Support Enforcement at (501) 682-8398.


In Addition To Our Traditional Marriage Licenses, Covenant Marriage Licenses Are Now Available:

Act 1486 of 2001 created an option for couples in Arkansas to choose a Covenant Marriage.

The couple entering into a Covenant Marriage agrees to be bound by two limitations on obtaining a divorce or separation which does not apply to other couples married in Arkansas: The couple agrees to seek marital counseling if problems develop during the marriage; and the couple can seek a divorce or legal separation only for limited reasons, as set out in the Act and explained in this pamphlet, which outlines the consequences of entering into a Covenant Marriage under Arkansas law. Additionally, couples bound by a Covenant Marriage, unless judicially separated, may only sue each other for certain causes of action.

Couples who are already married may execute a declaration of intent to designate their marriage a Covenant Marriage. They must sign a recitation and an affidavit such as the one included in this pamphlet, after receiving counseling, to which the counselor must attest. this intent to designate their marriage a Covenant Marriage must be filed with the official who issues marriage licenses in the county in which the couple is domiciled.

 
LEGAL SEPARATION IN A COVIENT MARRIAGE

In order to obtain a legal separation (which is not a divorce and does not end the marriage), a spouse to a Covenant Marriage must first obtain counseling and then must prove:

  1. Adultery by the other spouse
  2. Commission of a felony by the other spouse which results in the sentence of imprisonment or death:
  3. Physical or sexual abuse of the spouse or a child of either spouse;
  4. The spouses have lived separately and apart continuously without reconciliation for two years; or
  5. Habitual drunkenness for one year, cruel and barbarous treatment or such indignities as to render the spouse's condition intolerable.

 
DIVORCE IN A COVENANT MARRIAGE

In a Covenant Marriage a spouse may get a divorce ONLY after receiving counseling and ONLY for the following reasons:

  1. Adultery by the other spouse;
  2. Commission of a felony by the other spouse which results in the sentence of imprisonment or death:
  3. Physical or sexual abuse of the spouse or a child of either spouse;
  4. The spouses have lived separately and apart continuously without reconciliation for two years;
  5. The spouses are judicially separated and have lived separate and apart continuously without reconciliation since the legal separation for:
    1. Two years and six months if there is a minor child or children of the marriage;
    2. One year if the separation was granted for abuse of a child of either spouse;
    3. Two years in all other cases.

 
SUITS AGAINST SPOUSES IN A COVENANT MARRIAGE

Unless judicially separated, spouses in a covenant marriage may only sue each other for causes of action pertaining to contracts, for restitution of separate property, for judicial separation, for divorce, for declaration of nullity of the marriage, or for causes of action pertaining to spousal support or support or custody of a child while the spouses are living apart , although not judicially separated.

 
DECLARATION OF INTENT

In order to enter Into a Covenant Marriage, the couple must sign a recitation that provides:

A COVENANT MARRIAGE
We do solemnly declare that marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman who agree to live together as husband and wife for as long as they both may live. We have chosen each other carefully and disclosed to one another everything which could adversely affect the decision to enter into this marriage. We have received authorized counseling on the nature, purposes, and re- sponsibilities of marriage. We have read the Covenant Marriage Act of 2001, and we understand that a covenant marriage is for life. If we experience marital difficulties, we commit ourselves to take all reasonable efforts to preserve our marriage, including marital counseling.>/p>

With full knowledge of what this commitment means, we do hereby declare that our marriage will be bound by Arkansas law on covenant marriages and we promise to love,honor and care for one another as husband and wife for the rest of our lives."

------------------------------------------------------------------
(Name of prospective spouse)

-------------------------------------------------------------------
(Name of prospective spouse)

After discussing the meaning of the Covenant Marriage with a counselor, the couple must also sign a notarized affidavit with an attestation by the counselor. The following is the suggested form of the affidavit :
Affidavit for parties and Notary
State of Arkansas, county of ___________________________________;
Be It Known That on this _________day of ______________, _______,
before me the undersigned notary, personally came and appeared :
_____________________________and___________________________
who after being duly sworn by me, a Notary deposed and stated that:

  1. Affiants acknowledge that they have received premarital(or marriage) counselling from a priest,
    minister, rabbi,clerk of the Religious Society of Friends, any clergyman of any religious sect, or
    a professional marriage counselor, which marriage counseling included:
    1. A discussion of the seriousness of Covenant Marriage;
    2. Communication of the fact that a Covenant Marriage is a commitment for life;
    3. The obligation of a Covenant Marriage to take reasonable efforts to preserve the marriage if marital difficulties arise;and
  2. That the affiants both read this pamphlet, developed and promulgated by the Administrative Office of the Courts, which provides a full explanation of a Covenant Marriage, Including the obligation to seek marital counseling in times of marital difficulties and the exclusive grounds for legally terminating a Covenant Marriage by divorce or Divorce after a judgment of separation from bed or board.



------------------------------------------------------------------
(Name of prospective spouse)

-------------------------------------------------------------------
(Name of prospective spouse)

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME THIS _______DAY OF __________ _______.


________________________________
NOTARY PUBLIC


The undersigned attests that the affiants did receive counseling from me an ton the nature and purpose of marriage, which included a discussion of the seriousness of Covenant Marriage, communication of the fact that a Covenant Marriage is for life, and the obligation of a Covenant Marriage to take reasonable efforts to preserve the marriage if marital difficulties arise.

-------------------------------------------------------
counselor

-------------------------------------------------------
Title/professional credential

The two documents that comprise the declaration of Intent-the recitation and the affidavit with attestation- must be filed with the official who issues the marriage license.

Little Bell Wedding Chapel Little Bell Wedding Chapel
3294 Hwy 65 South, Harrison AR 72601
"In the Bellefonte community"
Phone: (870) 743-2355
© Little Bell Wedding Chapel  -  built by: VisionAmp