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May 20, 2015

Gay Rodeo In Little Rock

Gay Rodeo In Little Rock

Contestants at the International Gay Rodeo in Arkansas, a Bible Belt state with a same-sex marriage ban on its books, competed in events from barrel racing to bull riding on the soft soil of a fairground that looked like just any small-scale rodeo held throughout the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in June whether to strike down bans on gay marriage nationwide. Arkansas has been one of the front-line states in the battle between cultural conservatives and those seeking expanded rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

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Gordon Satterly, 61, from Michigan (L) holds hands with his husband Richard Brand, 53, from Texas, at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock party in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 24, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Gordon Satterly, 61, from Michigan (L) kisses his husband Richard Brand, 53, from Texas, at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock party in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 24, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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L-R: Pierre Cadieux, 40, from Canada, Mary Honeycutt, 37, from Fort Worth, Frank Thompson, 41, from Oklahoma City, Jeff Germany, 54, from Oklahoma City, and Tommy Channel, from Denver, laugh as they chat at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock party in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 24, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Equality t-shirts are seen for sale at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 24, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Diamond State Rodeo Association President and U.S. marine veteran Sandy Bidwell, 68, (R) and her wife, former army national guard veteran and Assistant Rodeo Director, Lisa Smith, 59, dance at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock party in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Ashley Vickers, 29, (L) and her fiancee Sara Strickland, 32, play with their two dogs as they get ready for breakfast at their home in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 29, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A man washes a horse at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A competitor displays prize ribbons and a belt buckle at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Mipsy Mikels, 50, smokes a cigarette at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Wade Earp, 49, (L) competes in the Goat Dressing event at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A woman waits to compete in the Goat Dressing event at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Raymond Norris, 45, rides a steer while competing in the Wild Drag Race at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Jason Strand, 33, helps Raymond Norris, 45, (L) with his dress before the drag racing contest at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Greg Smith, 47, from Alabama (L) chats to a cowboy as he waits to compete in the Wild Drag Race at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A cowboy wrestles a steer at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Wade Earp, 49, (R) competes in the calf roping event at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A woman competes in the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A judge gestures to a competitor at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Todd Tramp, 51, competes at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 25, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Wade Earp, 49, from Dallas competes at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Greg Smith, 47, prepares to wrestle a steer at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Kirk Carter, 51, (R) and his husband Shawn Eddings, 49, warm up with their horses at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 24, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Two cowboys watch the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A golf cart with a "Princess parking only" sign is seen at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Wade Earp, 49, (L) and his husband Jonathan Suder, 25, from Dallas step out of their horse trailer at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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Wade Earp, 49, (R) and his husband Jonathan Suder, 25, from Dallas walk to the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock party in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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A woman holds rainbow flags for the grand entry at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 26, 2015. LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

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