Arkansas attorney general rejects wording of proposal to repeal state's gay marriage ban

SW Times
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July 15, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — A proposed ballot measure that would repeal the 2004 constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage in the state was rejected by Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Friday.

The attorney general said the proposal by Arkansans for Equality contained misleading tendencies and a failure to include any mention of the proposal’s effect on the state’s current law, Amendment 83, which was approved with 75 percent of the vote.

The proposal also failed to meet the state Supreme Court’s requirement for impartiality.

“Specifically, rather than simply describing Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution (the amendment proposed to be repealed), your proposed ballot title asserts an abridgment of undefined ‘rights’ and seems to presume Amendment 83’s illegality in terms of federal law and the laws of other states,” the opinion said.