- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a voter-approved law that bans gay marriage in Arkansas on grounds that the plaintiffs’ rights aren’t being violated.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office on Friday filed court papers arguing that sexual orientation is not a cause for equal protection and that the plaintiffs aren’t being treated differently because of their gender.

The motion also argues that the state officials targeted in the suit should be dropped as defendants because they’re not responsible for enforcing the gay marriage ban. Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane is also named as a defendant.

Arkansas voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The measure passed by a 3-1 margin.

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