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Four Ark. counties again asking court to suspend same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, May 15, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Four Arkansas counties are again asking the state’s highest court to suspend a judge’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Arkansas Supreme Court building in Little Rock.

Arkansas Supreme Court building in Little Rock.

Attorneys for Conway, Lonoke, Washington and White counties on Thursday asked the state Supreme Court to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s order striking down all state prohibitions on same-sex marriage.

Piazza earlier Thursday expanded his ruling on gay marriage to include all laws preventing same sex couples from wedding.

The counties were defendants in the lawsuit challenging the ban.

In the filing, the counties said they need guidance from the court on how to proceed.

They cited confusion over parts of the law banning close relatives from marrying that don’t take same-sex couples into account and the state’s covenant marriage law.

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