Couples ask judge to strike Ark. gay marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for two same-sex couples in Arkansas are asking a federal judge to issue an order striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

Attorneys for the couples filed a motion Wednesday for summary judgment, asking U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to issue an order striking down the state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage and any related laws as unconstitutional.

The couples filed the lawsuit last year against the state over the ban.

A Pulaski County judge earlier this year struck down the state's gay marriage ban, and 541 couples received marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court stayed his ruling. Justices are considering the appeal in that case.

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