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Arkansas AG McDaniel Approves Marriage Ban Repeal Ballot Measure

Seal_of_Arkansas.svgArkansas will soon be the battleground for marriage equality again. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel have finally signed off on the proposed title for the constitutional amendment that would repeal Amendment 83.

Arkansas for Equality must now collect the predetermined number of signatures before it can appear on the 2014 ballot.

The ballot measure would grant the state’s legislature the ability to pass legislation to legalize same-sex marriage or civil unions; however, given the Republican dominance of the state, it is unlikely that this would occur.

An adjoining ballot measure which would legalize same-sex marriage was rejected by McDaniel who claimed that the language in the measure did not match up with the title.

The measure can be rewritten and resubmitted for approval.

The ballot measures, if they get on the ballot in 2014, would make Arkansas the first state in the South to revisit the issue of same-sex marriage since many of those states passed marriage equality bans back in 2004.

Some states, including Georgia, violated their own constitutions in order to pass those measures.



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