Arkansas Attorney General Asks For New Arguments In Marriage Case

Jan 23, 2015

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
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Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to hold new oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the state's gay marriage ban.

Rutledge, a Republican who was sworn in last week, on Friday asked for a new hearing in the state's appeal of a Pulaski County judge's decision striking down the ban as unconstitutional. Justices held oral arguments in the case in November, and have yet to issue a ruling.

Judge Chris Piazza in May struck down a 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. Justices suspended his ruling while they considered the state's appeal.

A federal judge struck down the ban in a separate case in November, but has suspended her ruling while the state appeals.