Arkansas Constitutional Amendment 3
|Elections in Arkansas|
Constitutional Amendment 3 of 2004, is an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that makes it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The referendum was approved by 75% of the voters.
The text of the amendment states:
- Marriage. Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman.
- Marital status. Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman.
- Capacity, rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities. The legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.
|Registered voters and turnout||1,969,208||51.07|
May 2014 Court Ruling on Amendment 3 and Arkansas Statutes
On May 9, 2014, Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled the ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas was unconstitutional, which legalized same-sex marriage in the state. Previously same-sex marriage was banning in both state statute and the state constitution in Arkansas. Subject to court stays and appeals.
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- Arkansas State Constitution Archived October 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., 83rd Amendment, Arkansas Legislature. Accessed 18 December 2006.
- "2004 General Election Turnout Rates". United States Election Project. June 4, 2013. Archived from the original on July 9, 2013.
- "Arkansas judge strikes down state ban on same-sex marriage". Reuters. May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
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