JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney for two lesbian couples and a gay rights group says marriage licenses should be issued to same-sex couples in Mississippi in about 10 days.

A federal judge threw out Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriages earlier this week but gave attorneys for the state about 10 days to appeal his ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney General Jim Hood and Gov. Phil Bryant have signaled they are preparing those arguments.

Hood says if the 5th Circuit doesn’t rule in the case, Mississippi clerks may have to start issuing marriage licenses on Dec. 10.

Roberta Kaplan, an attorney for the lesbian couples in the case, says the licenses should start Dec. 10 because constitutional rights are more important than inconvenience to the clerks.

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