- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a ballot proposal to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the state’s anti-discrimination protections, clearing the way for supporters to gather signatures for the measure.

Rutledge on Tuesday certified the proposed initiated act, which would expand the state’s civil rights act. Rutledge’s certification means supporters of the measure can begin gathering the nearly 68,000 signatures from registered voters required to put the proposal on next year’s ballot.

The measure was proposed after Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed legislation to go into law that prohibits local governments from adopting anti-discrimination ordinances that offer protections that go beyond state law.

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