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Gay couples oppose delaying Arkansas lawsuit

By The Associated Press

This article was published August 13, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Lawyers for gay couples challenging Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriages say they don't want a delay in the case while U.S. Supreme Court considers taking up the matter.

Arkansas officials last week asked a federal judge and the state Supreme Court to suspend in-state challenges while a similar case is being taken to the nation's highest court.

Utah had its gay-marriage ban overturned at the local and appellate court levels and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

The lawyers for Arkansas couples said Wednesday they oppose a delay. They say the Utah case is different than Arkansas' and that suspending the case would delay justice for their clients. They also said the U.S. Supreme Court hasn't said whether it will take up the Utah case.

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Redlab says... August 13, 2014 at 9:17 p.m.

I guess all these states banning gay marriage have a lot of money to waste. When everything finally gets to the Supreme Court gay marriage will be legalized in the states that ban it anyway. Just let it be and quit wasting taxpayers money!!!

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Dontsufferfools says... August 13, 2014 at 9:45 p.m.

Redlab, There's a whole election season left in which to stir up the left and right on the issue. After which, the justices will accept a case, probably vote 5-4 next summer upholding same-sex marriage, and the issue will fade away like women voting and segregated schools. 50 years from now, on the ruling's anniversary, people will be saying at Starbucks, "did some people really believe that homosexuality was a lifestyle choice?"

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