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Arkansas Atty. Gen. Supports Gay Marriage, But Will Defend Ban

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McDaniel announced Saturday that he supports marriage equality. That makes him the first statewide official in Arkansas to back gay marriage.

But McDaniel said he'll continue defending a 2004 state constitution amendment defending marriage as between a man and a woman. A group of same sex couples are challenging the ban in court.

McDaniel is a Democrat who was first elected in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.

McDaniel made the announcement in a speech at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Convention.

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