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State asks judge to keep marriage ban in place

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 30, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge to reject an effort to strike down the state's gay marriage ban, arguing the prohibition is constitutional and serves a legitimate state interest.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to deny the motion for summary judgment filed by two same-sex couples challenging the ban. The couples earlier this month asked Baker to find a 2004 constitutional amendment and any related laws barring gay marriage unconstitutional. The couples sued the state over the ban last year.

The state argued the motion is premature since Baker has not ruled on a motion it filed asking her to dismiss the lawsuit.

The state Supreme Court is also considering whether to uphold a county judge's ruling against the ban.

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Popsmith says... July 30, 2014 at 9:53 p.m.

Perhaps there are people in power whose god is not between their legs.

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djigoo says... July 30, 2014 at 10:22 p.m.

Give it up, Christofascists.

Your day is over.

Liberty won.

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