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Arkansas court dismisses state gay marriage case

by The Associated Press | June 26, 2015 at 5:46 p.m.

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.

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