Arkansas Attorney General Again Rejects Ballot Measure to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

For a second time, Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has rejected the language of a ballot proposal that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state saying that the wording did not make clear what effect the measure would have on current law, the AP reports:

McdanielOn Tuesday, McDaniel said the language was unclear on the proposed Arkansas Marriage Equality Amendment. The proposal by Jennifer Pierce would amend the state Constitution to say that marriage consists of the union between two persons regardless of gender.

Pierce's proposal also states that no member of the clergy or religious organization would be required to perform marriage ceremonies.

Last month McDaniel's spokesman explained the rejection of a similar proposal for the same reasons: "That rejection was due to misleading tendencies in the proposed ballot title and the ballot title's failure to include any mention of the proposal's effect on current law…You may, after clarification of the matters discussed above, submit the text of your proposed amendment, along with a proposed popular name and ballot title, at your convenience."