Arkansas Voters Turn Down School Tax, Approve Gay Marriage Ban

NOVEMBER 3, 2004 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas voters approved constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage and to allow the Legislature to issue economic development bonds.  Losing were measures that would have raised property taxes for schools and extended term limits.

With 95 percent of precints reporting, unofficial returns show votes for the gay marriage ban totaled 75 percent, with 25 percent opposed.

-The term limits extension failed 70 percent to 30 percent.

-Economic development bond authority passed 63 percent to 37 percent.

-Higher property taxes for schools lost 70 percent to 30 percent.

The Legislature this year already approved $370 million in new taxes to pay for court-ordered reforms.

The church-backed initiative to constitutionally ban gay marriage was put on the ballot after 200,000 Arkansans signed petitions seeking its consideration.

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