AG Again Asks Arkansas Judge To Suspend Gay Marriage Ruling

May 15, 2014

File photo of Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaking in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is again asking a judge to suspend his ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

McDaniel's office on Thursday asked Circuit Judge Chris Piazza to stay his ruling voiding the 2004 constitutional amendment and 1997 law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

The state Supreme Court had effectively halted gay marriages performed in the wake of Piazza's ruling, noting that he didn't strike down a separate law barring clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The filing also asks Piazza to stay any subsequent rulings or clarifications of his order. Attorneys for same-sex couples challenging the ban have asked Piazza to expand his ruling to strike any other laws barring same-sex marriages.