Two courts on Thursday heard similar arguments in cases challenging Arkansas' ban on gay marriage.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza in May knocked down the decade-old ban and a 1997 law prohibiting gay couples from marrying. 541 gay couples received marriage licenses in a handful of counties before the Arkansas Supreme Court stepped in.

The state not only argued before the state's highest court that the ban is constitutional but that Piazza overstepped his authority, arguing that a constitutional amendment cannot be declared unconstitutional.

Later in the day, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard similar arguments.

According to the Arkansas Times, the hearing lasted a little over two hours. At its conclusion, Baker said that she would issue her ruling in writing.

“I'm not going to rule from the bench,” she said. “It's not my habit or practice.”

Lawyers Jack Wagoner and Cheryl Maples represent plaintiffs in both cases.

“This court needs to do what's going on all over this country, amazingly so,” said Maples, who has a gay daughter. “This court needs to find that the Arkansas laws are unconstitutional under the federal law and permit immediate marriages to be taking place.”