Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Friday rejected a proposed initiative to repeal the state's gay marriage ban, saying it was “misleading.”

Arkansas for Equality submitted the proposal to repeal the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions.

“A voter might mistakenly interpret the repeal of Amendment 83 as having the immediate effect of sanctioning same-sex marriage,” McDaniel wrote. “Your proposed ballot title is therefore inherently misleading.”

Before Arkansas for Equality can begin gathering the 78,133 signatures from registered voters needed to put the issue on the 2014 ballot, they need the approval of McDaniel's office.

Judd Mann, co-chairman of Arkansas for Equality, told the AP that the group felt “like this is a step in the right direction.”

Mann said that few ballot measures are approved without rewording and that his group would submit a revised proposal next week.

On Tuesday, an affiliated group submitted a 2016 ballot initiative which seeks to legalize gay nuptials in Arkansas. Additionally, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Amendment 83 was filed earlier in the month.

(Related: Gay couples sue for right to marry in Arkansas.)

According to a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) poll of 600 adults conducted between June 26 and June 30, 38 percent of Arkansans support marriage equality, and 55 percent remain opposed.