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Ark. AG rejects language on proposed ballot measure to legalize gay marriage

Monday, October 28, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure for a constitutional amendment to authorize same-sex marriage.

Arkansas-sealMcDaniel rejected the proposal’s wording on Friday, saying there are ambiguities and deficiencies in the ballot title and text of the proposal.

McDaniel has to certify the wording of a proposed measure before groups can begin gathering signatures needed to qualify for a spot on the ballot.

McDaniel noted that this was the third submission by Jennifer Piece. He says he denied the latest attempt because it fails to fully resolve ambiguity issues that had been raised in prior submissions.

McDaniel has previously approved language on a proposal from Arkansans for Equality that would repeal a constitutional amendment voters approved in 2004 that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

However, that proposal would not legalize same-sex marriage. Because state law also bars gay marriage and that law would still be in place if the proposal to repeal the same-sex marriage ban was approved, the second ballot would would legalize same-sex marriage.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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22 more reader comments:

  1. I don’t think he will ever accept it, regardless of the wording.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:26pm
  2. My thoughts exactly.

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:29pm
  3. He would accept it if it said, "The State of Arkansas should recognize godless sodomite marriages of disgusting homosexual perverts who make Baby Jesus cry." I'm pretty sure THAT is the language he's holding-out for.

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:41pm
  4. Maybe they should pass the law with a clause that reads, "The great State of Arkansas should outlaw all incidents of disgusting incestuous intercourse, intercourse with animals, and pro-life numbskull lobbyists who honestly believe anybody would adopt a two-headed, three-eyed, beard-growing, inbred infant."

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:08pm
  5. I'd vote for that, if I still lived in Arkansas.

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:19pm
  6. I am shocked, not :-(

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:35pm
  7. Can’t win them all :/

    Not to worry tho, marriage equality IS the future, & eventually they will ALL come around. It’s just a matter of time.

    I assume TX will b the same the first (few) time(s) around

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:41pm
  8. I think Texas will take awhile, but I think we'll get there. This state is not all Cruz-o-philes & radical conservative Republicans. And not all Republicans are rabidly anti-gay.

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:49pm
  9. Texas leads the nation on so many issues but it is so behind on this one. We should be the first in the South to have this and if Arkansas beats us to it, that will be a huge embarrassment.

    Replied on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:24pm
  10. This will just continue until it happens without him…. Too bad, he could be LEADING instead of cowering with his head in… the sand…

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:48pm
  11. this is one state that will need the national guard again to insure rights for all

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:00pm
  12. These states will only have marriage equality when the Supreme Court makes them.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:01pm
  13. My state. I had to drive to Iowa to marry the person I have shared the last 16 years with.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:03pm
  14. What part of “they pay equal taxes & vote” do these Homo Stultus knuckle draggers not understand?

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:09pm
  15. Not shocked at all

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 4:56pm
  16. He doesn’t want to accept any language that will put it up for a vote.

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:55pm
  17. Arkansas, Really? Wording? Come on!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 7:55pm
  18. Figures!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 8:17pm
  19. t(-.-t)

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:06pm
  20. I went to college there, & I’m not surprised by this at all. But times are changing, and eventually Arkansas & the other 35 will have to come to terms with this whether or not they want to!

    Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 10:52pm
  21. Ark. AG is missing several chromosomes. Why do we care what he thinks?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:33am
  22. Not everyone from Arkansas is an animal fucking idiot..

    Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1:04am