- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorneys representing same-sex couples in Arkansas are objecting to the state’s request for new oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s gay marriage ban.

Cheryl Maples and Jack Wagoner on Tuesday petitioned the Arkansas Supreme Court to deny the state’s motion submitted on Friday. They say the state’s request is unusual and that their clients cannot afford further delay.

A Pulaski County judge in May struck down a voter-approved 2004 constitutional amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Justices held oral arguments in November but haven’t issued a ruling.

A federal judge struck down the ban in a separate case in November that is also being appealed.

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