LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas attorney general's office is asking a federal judge who struck down the state's gay marriage ban to not allow same-sex couples resume marrying.

 Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Monday asked U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker to not lift the stay she put on her ruling last year striking down a 2004 voter-approved amendment and earlier state law defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Baker suspended her ruling while the state appealed, but the couples challenging the ban have asked her to lift that stay.

The state Supreme Court is considering the state's appeal of a separate ruling by a Pulaski County judge striking down the ban. More than 500 gay couples were wed before that ruling was stayed.