AG says no to 2016 gay marriage plan language

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas' attorney general has rejected proposed language for a petition that would put a gay-marriage ballot question before voters in 2016.

    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday that the proposal was too ambiguous to place before voters. He said that when the group "Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality" talks about the right to marry, it is not clear whether it is assuming a right currently exists for same-sex couples or if it intends to create one.

    McDaniel said the group needs to ensure that it doesn't confuse or mislead voters and that the petition language must be reworked.

    Jack Weir, a co-founder of the group, said Tuesday he has worked on other ballot initiatives before and expected that the petition would go through a number of drafts before being approved.

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