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Lawyer hopes marriage suit gets decided in 2014

An attorney who filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn Arizona's same-sex marriage ban says he hopes to get a decision from a federal judge before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on any similar challenge from another state.

Four couples filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to make same-sex marriage legal in Arizona.

The suit filed on Monday claims a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

[Click here to read the full complaint (PDF)]

It seeks to allow same-sex couples to be married,  and to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states.

Gov. Jan Brewer, Attorney General Thomas Horne and Clerk Michael K. Jeanes are named as plaintiffs.

Some of the couples who filed the suit are legally married in other states.

The complaint now rests with the court, awaiting a response. One of the couples that filed the suit, Joseph Connolly and Terrel Pochert, of Maricopa, said they hope the response is swift and positive.

Attorney Shaun Aiken said he hopes to get a decision this year in his clients' challenge to the Arizona law and believes the Supreme Court wouldn't likely resolve the issue until 2015.

Should the plaintiffs win the case, Arizona would become the 19th state to recognize same-sex marriages.

New Mexico and Utah legalized gay marriage last month. However, the U.S. Supreme Court put a hold on same-sex marriage in Utah on Monday.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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