Arkansas Supreme Court rejects AG’s request to delay gay marriage case

Arkansas Supreme Court

Arkansas Supreme Court

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court has refused to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.

Arkansas Supreme Court in Little Rock.

Earlier this year, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court rules in challenges involving other states. On Monday, the nation’s highest court declined to consider appeals in those cases.

The Arkansas Supreme Court did not offer any comment in its one-sentence denial Thursday of McDaniel’s request.

Twenty couples have asked the high court to uphold Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage.

More than 500 same-sex couples received marriage licenses until the Arkansas Supreme Court put Piazza’s ruling on hold, pending an appeal.

The case is Wright v. Arkansas.

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