The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision Wednesday that a federal same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional could impact public policy in Arkansas.
U.S. Senator Mark Pryor supported the Defense of Marriage Act and says the high court’s ruling still recognizes that marriage contracts should be left up to individual states.
“Arkansas has made the determination that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Pryor said. “I support and respect the state’s decision and my personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman has not changed.”
A group is asking the Arkansas attorney general's office to approve language for a ballot measure next year that would repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.
Arkansans for Equality on Thursday submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the attorney general's office. The group's proposal would repeal an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that voters approved in 2004 to ban same-sex marriage.
The AG must certify the language of the proposal before the group can begin collecting the 78,133 signatures from registered voters needed to place it on the 2014 ballot.