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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys for a group of gay couples are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a bid to suspend a judge's decision striking down all measures preventing same-sex couples from marrying.

Attorneys for the couples asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Friday to reject a bid by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and four counties to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Piazza struck down the ban last week, and expanded his ruling to include all state laws preventing gay couples from marrying.

The state Supreme Court had given the attorneys until Friday afternoon to respond to the request for a stay.

More than 450 same-sex couples have been issued marriage licenses since Piazza's ruling last week.

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