Lawsuit seeks to overturn Ark. gay marriage ban

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An attorney for three same-sex couples has filed a federal lawsuit, asking a judge to overturn Arkansas' ban on gay marriage.

The lawsuit filed Monday comes after the U.S. Supreme Court recently blocked imposition of a gay marriage ban in California.

Three Arkansas gay couples are plaintiffs in the federal court action. A similar suit was filed earlier in state court. The lawsuit is aimed at overturning the Arkansas ban that was approved by voters in 2004. Eleven gay couples are parties in that lawsuit.

A group is also working to get a measure on the 2014 ballot to legalize same-sex marriage. The Arkansas attorney general's office on Friday rejected proposed wording for the ballot measure.

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