Statement by Senator Mark Pryor On A Constitutional Amendment Banning Same-Sex Marriage
I oppose gay marriage. In 2004, I supported the amendment to the Arkansas constitution to ensure the status of marriage in our state remains only between a man and woman. I support the federal law we already have on the books, the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between only a man and a woman and further declares that no state is required to honor a same-sex relationship sanctioned by another state. At this point, I do not think there is a need for a constitutional amendment given Arkansas's amendment, federal law, and a judicial process that prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages.