Olens requests delay in gay marriage lawsuit

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Attorney General Sam Olens has asked a federal judge to delay further proceedings in a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s same-sex marriage prohibition until after the Supreme Court rules on the gay marriage issue.

U.S. District Judge William Duffey has not ruled yet on Olens’ request, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.

Duffey is presiding over the lawsuit filed against the state last year that seeks to have the state’s gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional.

Duffey issued an order Jan. 8 that denied Olens’ request to have the lawsuit dismissed. A week later, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would hear arguments in four cases involving gay marriage bans in other states.

“The Supreme Court’s decision on the stated issues will most certainly guide the future path of the case at bar,” Olens said in his motion to delay the lawsuit. “As a result, Defendants ask the Court to stay proceedings in this Court until the Supreme Court rules on these pending cases.”

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