- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas judge has denied a request to award at least $351,000 in fees to the lawyers who challenged Arkansas’ gay marriage ban.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1lXIojX ) that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza denied the request in a one-sentence order issued Friday.

But the lawyers, Cheryl Maples and Jack Wagoner, indicated in a motion also filed Friday that they hope it’s not the judge’s final decision on the matter. The attorneys submitted 77 pages listing their expenses and hours worked.

Maples didn’t respond to an email seeking comment, but Wagoner said he was hopeful the judge would allow him to present their arguments about compensation at a hearing.

Piazza ruled in May that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. That ruling has been appealed.

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