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Ark. group submits proposal for 2016 vote to repeal gay marriage ban

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A group has asked Arkansas’ attorney general to approve the wording of a measure legalizing gay marriage for the 2016 ballot.

The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality on Tuesday asked Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to certify the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize same-sex marriage.

If McDaniel certifies the measure, the group can begin gathering signatures needed to place it on the ballot.

If approved by voters, the amendment would state that the right to marry shall not be abridged or denied on account of gender and sexual orientation.

The measure would not require churches or religious organizations to perform gay marriages.

Another group has submitted a proposal for next year’s ballot that would repeal the Arkansas Constitution’s ban on gay marriage.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. why dont they sumbit it for this year

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:00pm
  2. I grew-up in Arkansas and I think the devil has a better chance of a snow-cone than this.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:01pm
  3. Our Kansas

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:12pm
  4. It would fail this year. It at least has a very slight chance in 2016 if (former first lady of Arkansas) candidate Hillary Clinton is the nominee.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:12pm
  5. the people there should not have to wait almost 3 years for it

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:13pm
  6. they could take it to the state supreme court and it could win

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:13pm
  7. I would like to invite you to join our political debate group! All political affiliations are welcome and interaction is encouraged. I hope to see you all there and hear some of your thoughts!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 1:41pm
  8. Lets stay positive. We don’t know if this will pass, but we know it won’t if we never try. And we have to keep trying until we win. There are enough homophobes out there keeping us down. We don’t need to be doing it to ourselves. If we don’t believe we can win, why should anyone else?

    Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 5:51pm