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Arkansas high court creates separate gay marriage case

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas — The Arkansas Supreme Court has decided a separate case is needed before justices can determine the legality of same-sex marriage — a move that will likely push the consideration until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the same topic in June.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a new case is needed to decide whether a justice sworn in in January should help decide whether gay marriage is legal in Arkansas. Justices originally heard oral arguments in November.

An attorney for same-sex couples says the delay denies her clients access to health care and other benefits.

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