Arkansas Marriage Amendment, Proposal 3 (2004)

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Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 3, also known as an Amendment Concerning Marriage, appeared as an initiated constitutional amendment on the November 2004 ballot in Arkansas, where it was approved.[1]

Election results

Marriage Amendment
Approveda Yes 753,770 75%

Text of measure

The wording on the ballot said, "Providing that marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman; that legal status for unmarried person which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman; and that the legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage."


The measure was supported by the Arkansas Family Council.

Financing the campaign

$334,731 was spent in favor of the amendment, while only $2,952 was spent against it.

The two major donors to the pro-campaign were:

  • The Arkansas Marriage Amendment Committee, $226,051.
  • Families First Action Committee, $73,374.[2]

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