Ark. AG rejects wording on same-sex marriage ballot proposal — again

Attorney GenDustin McDaniel (D-Ark.)

Attorney GenDustin McDaniel (D-Ark.) Nick Oxford, AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a ballot proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage in Arkansas.

Dustin McDaniel

Dustin McDaniel

On Tuesday, McDaniel said the language was unclear on the proposed Arkansas Marriage Equality Amendment.

The proposal by Jennifer Pierce would amend the state Constitution to say that marriage consists of the union between two persons regardless of gender.

Pierce’s proposal also states that no member of the clergy or religious organization would be required to perform marriage ceremonies.

Arkansas now has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. McDaniel said the language in Pierce’s proposal didn’t adequately explain what effect the measure would have on current law.

Last month, McDaniel rejected the wording on a similar constitutional amendment proposal from Arkansans for Equality.

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