LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Tuesday rejected the wording of a proposed ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to allow same-sex marriage.
The proposal, submitted by the Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality, would guarantee that “the right to marry shall not be abridged or denied on account of sex or sexual orientation.” Members of the clergy and religious organizations would be allowed to refuse to perform ceremonies or provide facilities for them under the proposed amendment.
In an advisory opinion, McDaniel said Tuesday that the proposal’s wording contains ambiguities and does not adequately explain how it would affect current law.
A 2004 constitutional amendment defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
Jack Michael Weir III of Maumelle, the group’s founder, said Tuesday the group would revise the proposal and submit it again.
On July 12, McDaniel rejected the wording of a proposal by the group Arkansans for Equality that would repeal Arkansas’ marriage amendment. That group also said it would resubmit its proposal.