Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)
Marriage and Family
|Not on ballot|
If approved, the measure would define marriage as a union between two people, regardless of their gender. It would also exempt clergymen from performing same-sex marriages and repeal Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution, thereby permitting county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The measure is being sponsored by the group "The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality" (AIME).
Path to the ballot
For an initiated constitutional amendment, signatures equal to at least 10% of the total number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last gubernatorial election - which, in this case, will be in 2014 - are required. Furthermore, supporters must collect these signatures from at least 5 percent of voters in 15 different counties from around the state in order to achieve a “county minimum." Supporters have until mid-2016 to gather the signatures.
- Arkansas 2016 ballot measures
- 2016 ballot measures
- Arkansas Initiative Law
- Arkansas signature requirements