published Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Attorney General certifies wording on Arkansas gay marriage proposal

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposal aimed at repealing Arkansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage.

McDaniel certified the proposed Repeal of the Arkansas Marriage Amendment on Thursday.

The proposal from Christina Harrison with Arkansans for Equality would repeal a constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex marriage in the state. The measure would not legalize gay marriage in and of itself, unlike another proposal whose wording the attorney general rejected earlier this week.

McDaniel also rejected the wording of another gay-marriage proposal on Thursday. That measure seeks to legally recognize marriage in Arkansas as a union of two people regardless of sex. McDaniel rejected its wording, citing "deficiencies" in the proposal's ballot title and text.

The AG must certify proposed amendments before supporters can begin gathering signatures.

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