LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it will not delay proceedings in a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it will not delay proceedings in a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.


Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s office had asked the court to stay proceedings in the case until after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on challenges to same-sex marriage bans in other states.


On Monday, the nation’s highest court said it would not consider appeals of rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.


The Arkansas Supreme Court denied the motion by McDaniel’s office Thursday in a one-sentence order.


The state’s top court has stayed Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza’s May 9 ruling, in a lawsuit brought by several same-sex couples, that Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage violates the state and federal constitutions. Several hundred same-sex couples obtained marriage licenses in the state before the ruling was stayed.