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400 gay marriage licenses given

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Clerks in Fayetteville and Little Rock granted marriage licenses to 117 gay couples on Tuesday, pushing the total to 400 since a judge tossed out the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Three counties that had given licenses to gay couples either Saturday or Monday said Tuesday they would no longer do so. Clerks said they will wait until the state Supreme Court weighs in.

A Pulaski County judge last week rejected the voter-approved ban, saying it discriminated against gay people. The attorney general's office has asked for a stay and filed a notice of appeal.

Lawyers for gay couples who sued for the right to marry filed paperwork Tuesday challenging the stay request and also claiming that the state's notice of appeal was filed prematurely.

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