Monday, December 3, 2012

Same-sex marriage in Arkansas?

This is the political equivalent of a heat check in basketball, where after nailing three straight three pointers (Maine, Maryland, Washington), you hoist up a 32 footer (Arkansas).

What started Saturday night in a small room in the back of the downtown Little Rock library might just make it to a ballot near you.

"I'm here to make a difference in the world. I'm here to make a difference for all of human kind," explained Russ Dale, who supports gay marriage. He's now part of the Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality group, and they hope you, the voter, will decide to support gay marriage too, come 2016.

.... You may recall, Arkansas voters defined marriage as being between a man and a woman in 2004. That's one reason the Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality group is starting their campaign now, to try and change public perception four years out.

"Get the people talking about it more so, bring it to the dinner table and maybe we can change a few hearts and minds along the way," said Weir.

While the group's proposed ballot initiative has yet to be submitted for approval, it's current language makes it clear that no religious organization will be required to marry people of the same sex if that violates the religious organization's beliefs.

And there's one more group making a related push in the state, as well, as Arkansans for Equality works on a 2014 measure to repeal the state's marriage = one woman, one man amendment.