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Federal judge won’t delay challenge to Arkansas same-sex marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge has denied Arkansas’ request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

ArkansasArkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel earlier this year asked the court to put the case on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case involving Utah’s gay marriage ban. Last week, the high court declined to consider appeals in that case and four others.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker rejected McDaniel’s request as moot.

Lawsuits are pending in both federal court and the Arkansas Supreme Court over the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Earlier this year, a Pulaski County judge struck down the ban, and more than 500 gay couples received marriage licenses until the Arkansas Supreme Court put the ruling on hold.

Earlier this month, the Arkansas Supreme Court also refused McDaniel’s request to delay proceedings in a state lawsuit challenging the legality of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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