The judge who is blocking Arkansas from issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple said Tuesday he has no choice but to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday said Arkansas must comply with the ruling and issue the license, which is due to expire on May 22.
The case began last week after a judge ordered Arkansas to stop issuing the license.
He said the U!s decision is unconstitutional.
is declaring marriage a ‘union of one man and one woman’ and it’s an attack on the basic dignity of a human being,” said Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in a statement.
Rutledge said Arkansas could not deny a license because of religious beliefs.
She also said the state cannot discriminate against any license holder.
A judge in New Mexico has blocked a similar marriage license from taking effect in the state, and a judge earlier this month blocked a state marriage license in Idaho from taking place in Idaho because it was based on religious objections.
In the same case, a judge last week in Utah ordered a same sex couple to get married and to be photographed.
A group of religious organizations have filed a federal lawsuit in Washington state and have argued that they are being discriminated against by the state government.
The suit is based on the U!.s ruling.
The lawsuit filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights said the Supreme Court’s ruling is a violation of the U!’s constitutional protections against government discrimination.
The Justice Department has not commented on the case.
The Arkansas ruling comes as a federal appeals court in Washington is weighing a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Utah-based National Center.
The groups attorneys said they will ask the Supreme to intervene and allow the marriages to take place.