LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 10 (UPI) -- An Arkansas judge tossed out the state's 2004 ban on same-sex marriage yesterday, ruling it as "an unconstitutional attempt" to persecute homosexuals for "no rational reason." Arkansas Amendment 83 defined marriage as between one man and one woman, a qualifier the court ruled "singled out same-sex couples for the purpose of disparate treatment" and did not serve "any conceivable legitimate state interest."
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Piazza did not issue a stay pending appeal, meaning same-sex couples in Arkansas are able to wed today. However Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has stated that he will request a stay while he goes through the motions of defending the anti-equality amendment in the Arkansas Supreme Court. McDaniel stated last week that he does not support efforts to legislate against the gay Americans, but a spokesperson for his office confirmed the Arkansas attorney general will fulfill his legal obligations and defend the state's constitution.