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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has told a judge he's appealing a ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

McDaniel's office on Saturday filed a notice of appeal with Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza, who a day earlier struck down a 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Piazza also struck down a similar 1997 state law.

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McDaniel is appealing the case to the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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Piazza didn't stay his ruling, and the Carroll County clerk on Saturday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. McDaniel has asked Piazza to stay his ruling as it appeals the case.

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