June 26, 2015
NATHANIEL SMITH, M.D., M.P.H., INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY, AND HIS SUCCESSORS IN OFFICE; RICHARD WEISS, DIRECTOR OF THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY, AND HIS SUCCESSORS IN OFFICE; PULASKI CIRCUIT/COUNTY CLERK, LARRY CRANE, IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY, AND HIS SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST; WHITE COUNTY CLERK, CHERYL EVANS, IN HER OFFICIAL CAPACITY, AND HER SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST; LONOKE COUNTY CLERK, WILLIAM
APPEAL FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT [NO. 60CV-13-2662] HONORABLE CHRISTOPHER CHARLES PIAZZA, JUDGE
This is an appeal from the Pulaski County Circuit Court's ruling that amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution and Acts 144 and 146 of 1997 are unconstitutional under both the Arkansas and United States Constitutions. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. __ (June 26, 2015), holding that such marriage laws violate the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, there are no remaining justiciable issues in this appeal, and the appeal is moot. Bd. of Trustees of the Univ. of Ark. v. Crawford Cnty. Cir. Ct., 2014 Ark. 60, 431 S.W.3d 851 (holding that a case becomes moot when any judgment rendered would have no practical legal effect upon a then existing legal controversy).