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4:15 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Arkansas Group Submits Gay Marriage Proposal For 2016

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.