Arizona Gay-Marriage Proponents Trying to Get Issue on 2014 Ballot: "It's Go Time"

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As the U.S. Supreme Court made a pair of decisions on same-sex marriage this morning, the Arizona group trying to get an "equal marriage" proposal on the ballot in 2014 is getting serious about its effort.

"It's go time," Equal Marriage Arizona chairman Warren Meyer tells New Times.

See also:
-Prop. 8 Dismissed by U.S. Supreme Court: Gay Marriage to Return to California
-Gay Marriage Group Trying to Get "Equal Marriage" on Arizona Ballots in 2014

Meyer and the group of Republicans and libertarians that started Equal Marriage Arizona want Arizona voters to decide whether marriage should be defined as a union of two people, instead of one man and one woman.

Meyer says the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, essentially keeping the issue up to the states, is "what we expected and what we were planning for."

The petitions will be printed today and volunteers will start collecting signatures Thursday. They need 259,213 valid signatures by July 2014 to get on the ballot.

Meyer adds that commitments from donors also depended on the Supreme Court decision, which means some money's likely to come their way.

This proposal would change the amendment to the Arizona Constitution that voters approved in 2008, Proposition 102, which declared, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."

On that note, the Supreme Court appears to have caused a five-alarm freak-out at the Center for Arizona Policy, the powerhouse fundamentalist lobbying organization.

Much like the Mormon Church played a role in funding the support of California's Proposition 8, the Center for Arizona Policy vows to defeat efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Arizona.

CAP's president Cathi Herrod has taken to Twitter, with a severe lack of vowels, desperately trying to spin the decisions.

Here's part of the message they sent to supporters:
Though Center for Arizona Policy disagrees with aspects of the Court's decision, we are grateful that the Court did not undermine the will of Arizona voters who strongly supported our state's 2008 marriage amendment.

In DOMA, CAP believes that the court erred in claiming that a state that has redefined marriage can force that definition on the federal government for purposes of federal marriage laws.

In Prop 8, the court has ensured that the state-by-state debate about marriage is allowed to continue. Truly, the debate over marriage has just begun.

Marriage is more than just a personal promise, it serves a public purpose. It is society's best guarantee of a limited government that stays out of family life. Social science data has proved this time and time again.

Center for Arizona Policy is committed to continuing to stand for marriage and to defeat any efforts to redefine this essential union.

In a previous note to supporters, sent out a few days ago, the the lobbyists said, "What you need to know now: we are taking this threat very seriously and are operating as if marriage will be back on the ballot in 2014."

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My partner and I are taking our wedding (and $$$) to California next month.  Why wait for Arizona politics to improve.  Our governor hates gays with a passion - look at her attempts to stop state employees from getting health benefits for domestic partners.  As I recall, her explanation was that "God spoke to her".


Equal Marriage Arizona's ballot proposal would amend the Arizona Constitution to change marriage from between "one man and one woman" to between "two persons". The only parameter of marriage that will be proscribed by the constitution will be the number of people who can enter it, but it will still be within the constitutional authority of the state legislature to specify the relative sexes of those individuals. It will not nullify the still standing statutory ban on same-sex marriage. It is effectively an unwinding of Prop 102, but it will not win marriage equality. We will still have to wait for a supportive House, Senate and Governor.


But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to con- demn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority's judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to "dis- parage," "injure," "degrade," "demean," and "humiliate" our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homo- sexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence— indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.



Today is a good day for tolerance in America.

Not so much for Ayatollah Herrod and her CAP (Christians Against Progress)


"Marriage is more than just a personal promise, it serves a public purpose. It is society's best guarantee of a limited government that stays out of family life. Social science data has proved this time and time again."

Oh, the irony....


CAP is pure lobbiest ,, and yet a 501(c) tax exempt fraud ,, and her husband being on any bench of law is out right a rage against humanity !!! IRS ,, get on CAP ,, stopCAP !!!!!! 


@MisterE We need to be able to take some kind of action rather than just talk.  Thank you for presenting information and giving the opportunity for our voice to be heard -

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