UPDATE: Arkansas legislators OK resolution against gay marriages

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Legislative Council has approved a resolution that urges the state Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.

The measure by Republican Sen. Jason Rapert of Conway passed easily on a voice vote, despite strenuous objections from some Democrats.

Rapert's non-binding resolution accuses Circuit Judge Chris Piazza of failing to uphold his oath to uphold the Arkansas Constitution.

Democratic Sen. David Johnson of Little Rock says Piazza was following the law and noted judges in other states had made similar decisions. He said it is not like "all these judges are going off the rails."

Piazza set aside the state's gay-marriage ban in May. More than 500 same-sex couples were able to obtain marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court blocked the ruling pending an appeal.

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