- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Arkansas judge who struck down that state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage cited an Oklahoma judge’s previous comments in part of the ruling.

Circuit Judge Chris Piazza in Little Rock on Friday ruled that Arkansas’ 2004 constitutional amendment violates the rights of same-sex couples by defining marriage as being allowed only between a man and a woman.

Piazza wrote that U.S. District Judge Terence Kern in Tulsa wrote in a ruling earlier this year that he found “no rational link” to exclude same-sex couples from marrying. Kern in January struck down Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban - but stayed his ruling while the case is appealed.

Arkansas’ attorney general is expected to quickly appeal Piazza’s ruling to the state’s Supreme Court.