Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment (2016)

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The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment may appear on a 2014 election ballot in Arkansas as an initiated constitutional amendment.

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.[1]

Support

The measure is being sponsored by the group "The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality" (AIME).[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Arkansas

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.[1]

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