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    Arkansans for Equality file 2014 ballot language to repeal Amendment 83

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansans for Equality, a bipartisan organization founded in 2012, submitted ballot language for the 2014 ballot to the Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel for the repeal of Amendment 83.

    Amendment 83 defines marriage as between a man and a woman. It also denies recognition of marriages or civil-unions performed in states where it is legal.

    The U.S. Supreme Court rulings announced Wednesday a major milestone for many when it comes to equality in our country.

    "We're excited for the battle here in Arkansas, that everyone might be treated as an equal, with equal rights, with equal human rights," Judd Mann said.

    As of Wednesday, legally, married same-sex couples will now be able to receive the same federal benefits reserved only for heterosexual couples, but Amendment 83 limits marriage equality for the state of Arkansas.

    On Thursday afternoon the founder of Arkansans for Equality, Christina Harrison, and Co-Chair Judd Mann submitted ballot language for the 2014 ballot to the Attorney General's office to repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

    "We are all ready for the days of oppression to be over," Mann declared. Mann is a high school teacher and admits he is far from being a politician. "We have no illusions that we might not get it right the first time. That's fine. We are dedicated to this cause."

    They may be dedicated, but other organizations doubt this repeal will go past the Attorney General's desk.

    Jerry Cox of The Family Council was not available for comment Thursday afternoon, but he did issue this statement:

    "It's a free country and people can repeal an amendment, that's how our system works, and I'm okay with that. But I think in the end, it will not succeed. "

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