Eleven gay and lesbian couples are suing the state of Arkansas for the right to marry.

In their complaint filed Tuesday in Pulaski Circuit Court, the plaintiffs are asking a judge to declare Amendment 83, the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union, to be in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Family Council, the Little Rock-based group which sponsored Amendment 83, dismissed the lawsuit, saying that the plaintiffs were more interested in publicity.

“The Arkansas Marriage Amendment passed by 75% in 2004,” group wrote in a statement issued to THV 11. “Amendment 83 has been in place for nearly ten years. It is one of the best in the nation. If it were legally deficient, it would have been challenged years ago. This lawsuit seems to be more about gaining publicity than anything else. When they passed Amendment 83, the people of Arkansas decided that marriage is the union of a man and a woman. They don't need the courts telling them what a marriage is.”

The filing comes less than a week after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to legally married gay couples, and issued a ruling which opened the door for same-sex marriages to resume in California.