Constitutional Amendment 3 of 2004, is a so-called "defense of marriage amendment" that amended the Arkansas Constitution to make it unconstitutional for the state to recognize or perform same-sex marriages or civil unions. The referendum was approved by 75% of the voters.[1]

The text of the amendment states:

1. Marriage. Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman.
2. Marital status. Legal status for unmarried persons which is identical or substantially similar to marital status shall not be valid or recognized in Arkansas, except that the legislature may recognize a common law marriage from another state between a man and a woman.
3. Capacity, rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities. The legislature has the power to determine the capacity of persons to marry, subject to this amendment, and the legal rights, obligations, privileges, and immunities of marriage.[2]


  1. Election 2004 - Ballot Measures Accessed 30 November 2006.
  2. Arkansas State Constitution, 83rd Amendment, Arkansas Legislature. Accessed 18 December 2006.

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