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MagazineMay 20, 2015
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.
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