AR Marriage Amendment Nearing Requirements For Ballot

JUNE 23, 2004 -- POSTED AT 5:55 PM CDT

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- More than $90,000 has been spent so far by supporters of a proposed state constitutional amendment on marriage.

Five groups want to put an amendment on the November ballot defining marriage in Arkansas as the union of a man and a woman.

Chris Stewart of Little Rock, director of the Arkansas Marriage Amendment Committee, said yesterday almost 130,000 people had signed petitions to put the proposal on the ballot. 80,570 signatures of registered voters must be turned in by July 2, if the measure is to go before voters in November.

The state already has a law banning same-sex marriages in Arkansas. But supporters of the proposed amendment say it is needed to prevent officials from redefining marriage.

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