- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says she is pleased that the state’s prohibition against gay marriages was left in place.

U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Wednesday refused to lift a stay. Baker tossed the ban last year but issued a stay pending the state’s appeal. Lawyers for same-sex couples who want to marry in Arkansas had asked Baker to lift her stay while other courts take up the issue.

Rutledge said that if the judge had lifted the stay, there would have been confusion, uncertainty and additional litigation.

Lawyers for the gay couples said they were disappointed but that they expect favorable decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court by the end of June.

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