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Ark. AG asks state’s high court to stop same-sex couples from marrying

Monday, May 12, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has asked the state’s highest court to suspend a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban.

Attorney GenDustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)Nick Oxford, AP

Attorney GenDustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)

McDaniel asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Monday to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling that a 2004 constitutional amendment and a 1997 law banning same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

Dozens of same-sex couples have received marriage licenses since Piazza’s ruling was issued late Friday afternoon.

McDaniel has already told Piazza he’s appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.

McDaniel, a Democrat, has said he supports same-sex marriage but has vowed to continue defending the ban because he believes it’s his duty to do so.

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