LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The plaintiffs in a federal challenge to Arkansas’ ban on gay marriage are asking a judge to lift a stay on the court’s 2014 ruling striking down the ban.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker’s decision on Tuesday that struck down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The court found the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage didn’t render the state case moot.
An attorney for the plaintiffs filed a motion Friday in the Eastern District of Arkansas asking that the stay on enforcing Baker’s ruling be lifted now that the appeal is complete.
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Arkansas had suggested Baker’s decision was moot and asked the appeals panel to vacate the judge’s decision.
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