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Gay marriage ballot initiative discussed for 2016

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.
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.

"I just believe that love is love and you just can't overshadow, that can't be overshadowed by everything that's going on in this world," said Dale. "We need eachother, and it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman."

"I think it's the next civil rights issue of our time," said Trey Weir, one of the group's organizers. "I think that it's going to be very important for someone to lead this effort especially in more conservative state's like Arkansas."

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.
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