Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Monday asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

McDaniel argued that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza was wrong to find the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union to be unconstitutional.

In appealing the case to the state's highest court, McDaniel argued against the finding.

“As a matter of well-established Arkansas law, a constitutional provision cannot violate earlier provisions of the constitution,” the brief states. “Where there is an inconsistency between an earlier provision of the Arkansas Constitution and a later amendment, the amendment, being the more recent expression of the will of the people, prevails.”

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane disagreed and urged the court to uphold Piazza's May ruling, which led to 541 gay and lesbian couples receiving marriage licenses before the state Supreme Court intervened.

“The intended and actual effect of Amendment 83 is to forever banish those in same-sex committed relationships to an inferior and unequal status,” an attorney representing Crane wrote. “The reasons offered by the state cannot be squared with our constitutional guarantee of equality.”

McDaniel, a Democrat, previously said he supports marriage equality but will continue to defend the state's restrictive marriage ban.