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Judge asked to suspend gay marriage case

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 6, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, seen in this Tuesday, July 8, 2014, file photo, asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Wednesday, Aug.6, 2014, to stay the proceedings in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples challenging the state's gay-marriage ban.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to suspend a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban while a similar suit is pending before the nation's highest court.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban. The filing notes that Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its gay marriage ban, which was struck down by a federal appeals panel in June.

Arkansas is also defending its ban before the state Supreme Court. A Pulaski County judge struck down the state ban earlier this year, which led to more than 500 same-sex couples being married. Justices suspended his decision and are considering the state's appeal.

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Dontcallmenames says... August 6, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.

So we can let a bunch of Democrat appointed judges in higher up places say it's okay to make up new definitions to words that have been clearly defined for centuries?

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KMS says... August 6, 2014 at 7:50 p.m.

Uhm, if you notice, a lot of these judges are Reagan, Bush I and Bush II appointee's, not Democratic. They are Old School GOP not Teabaggers.

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wyzical says... August 6, 2014 at 8:58 p.m.

The solution to this is to eliminate the absurdity of licensing marriages in the first place.

Get the government out of it and keep it out.

A marriage contract is a partnership agreement between two consenting adults.

The obligation and sanctity of contracts has already been constitutionally established in the USA.

A government that decides who can enter into a partnership agreement and who cannot ... by means of licensing ... is first of all unnatural and absurd ... and second of all ... constitutionally questionable!

There have always been same sex couples living together throughout history ... a good example can be found in a President, James Buchanan ... and a Vice President, William Rufus King. They lived together in Washington D.C. for over a decade ... and apparently as a couple.

A marriage is a contractual promise ... just like a partnership agreement. It shouldn't require a government license ... but simply consenting adults with a shared vision ... in pursuit of a dream ... and hurting no one else.

That only amounts to one thing ... true freedom ... to choose your own lifestyle free from religious or political persecution!

The right to love ... and the right to consensual partnership ... exist in Nature.

Let it happen in America.

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djigoo says... August 6, 2014 at 9:29 p.m.

Marriage equality is a done deal.

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expat93 says... August 7, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.

Regardless of how the courts rule, I have always believed that if you file a suit, you should be responsible for the attorney fees and like in the UK, if you lose, you are then responsible for the defendants attorney fees and court costs..

In this case, I understand that the plantiff's attorneys have filed for the State of Arkansas to pay their fees and that is just not right. We need TORT reform.

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