Officials ask judge to suspend gay marriage case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas officials are asking a federal judge and the state Supreme Court to suspend a case challenging the state's gay marriage ban while a similar suit is pending before the nation's highest court.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples challenging the state's gay marriage ban. The filing notes that Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its gay marriage ban, which was struck down by a federal appeals panel in June.

The AG's office filed a similar motion later Wednesday before the state Supreme Court, which is considering Arkansas' appeal of a Pulaski County judge's ruling against the ban. That ruling was suspended while it's on appeal.

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