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The Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality (AIME) is a grassroots movement to put same-sex marriage on the ballot in 2016. In order to do this, AIME is hoping to collect over 100,000 signatures from registered Arkansas voters before mid-2016 so that this constitutional amendment can qualify for the ballot.

The language is as follows:

Popular Name

The Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Amendment

Ballot Title

An amendment to the Arkansas Constitution to define marriage as the union between two people regardless of sex; providing that no clergy member or religious organization shall be obligated to perform wedding ceremonies or participate in the solemnization of any marriage; providing that the refusal by a clergy member or religious organizations to perform any marriage ceremony or solemnization shall not create any civil claim; repealing Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution; prohibiting county clerks from refusing to issue marriage licenses based on the sexes of the couple; and providing that the legislature retains the power—subject to this amendment— to determine the capacity of persons to marry and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.

Section 1. Marriage Defined.

Marriage shall be defined as the union of two people, regardless of the sex of the individuals.

Section 2. No interference with religious rights.

No clergy member or religious organization shall be obligated to perform wedding ceremonies or participate in the solemnization of any marriage and the refusal by a clergy member or religious organizations to perform any marriage ceremony or solemnization shall not create any civil claim.

Section 3. Amendment 83 repealed.

Amendment 83 to the Constitution of the state of Arkansas is hereby repealed.

Section 4. County Clerks’ authority to issue marriage licenses.

No county clerk shall refuse to issue marriage licenses based on the sexes of the couple.

Section 5.

The legislature retains the power—subject to this amendment— to determine the capacity of persons to marry and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.