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Couples Ask Court To Deny Stay In Birth Certificates Case

An attorney for three-same sex couples who sued Arkansas to require both spouses be listed on children's birth certificates is asking the state's highest court to not block a judge's ruling striking down part of the state's birth certificate law.

Attorney Cheryl Maples on Thursday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to deny the state's motion to stay Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's ruling ordering the state to issue amended certificates to the couples.

Fox's decision also declared a portion of the state's birth certificate law unconstitutional after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. Maples has said that move clears the way for other married same-sex couples to receive amended certificates.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge asked justices Wednesday to stay Fox's ruling, saying it could have unintended consequences.