Arkansas' highest court has dismissed a gay marriage lawsuit that had been filed in state court now that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.
Justices late Friday rejected the state's appeal of a Pulaski County judge's ruling that struck down Arkansas' constitutional amendment and an earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. The state court's ruling came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down gay marriage bans nationwide.
The one-paragraph ruling says the Arkansas case is now moot, citing the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Justices heard oral arguments in November in the case, but a final decision had been sidelined for months by a dispute over which justices should decide the case.
See Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.