Prediction Poll: Will "Equal Marriage" Make It on the 2014 Ballot in Arizona?

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After a pair of Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage yesterday, the group trying to get the issue on Arizona ballots in 2014 says it's "go time."

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.

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

The group will start collecting signatures today, and they need 259,213 valid signatures by July 2014 to get on the ballot.

In addition to having prominent backers of the initiative, like former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, Equal Marriage chairman Warren Meyer told us that donors were waiting to see how these cases panned out before committing money to the campaign.

Despite the fact that it was just a few years ago that Arizona voters defined marriage as one man and one woman, do you think there's enough drive to get this issue on ballots again?

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azerica
azerica

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.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

In a decade or 2 when all the elderly bible thumping bigots are dead, maybe.

Rene Angel Rodriguez
Rene Angel Rodriguez

With a flurry of Independents and young adults with open mindsets than maybe but yeah, too soon.

Jarod Kimerer
Jarod Kimerer

State constitution bans same sex marriage. Would have to overturn a recently mandated law. Unlikely.

Lizzy Arizona
Lizzy Arizona

definitely the POWER is with our people and WOW the GAY coimmunity is growing strong!!! Lets get equality for all!!

Éireen Cullen
Éireen Cullen

If it gets on the ballot and the vote is up to Arizonans, we stand little chance of equality. If it goes to court, yesterday's precedence may well weigh in our favor.

Mike Kyle
Mike Kyle

Well.. if more people turned out to vote instead of letting Sun City write all the laws, we might get somewhere. Don't just bitch and moan. Do something.

sarum
sarum

IF the HUGE gay population of AZ dares come out of the closet in unison there is a chance.  Otherwise ALEC wins.  Favorable Business climate means no benefits for anyone.   

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

Actually Adrian I think Texas is right there with us for not in our lifetime being open to that issue

Jermaine A Camarena
Jermaine A Camarena

Sadly have to agree with everyone thus far that the state is not that accepting nor progressive. The officials are still dealing with immigration and how to legally racial profile.

John Phoenix
John Phoenix

Too many bigots and rednecks here. And before people say "move"....I would, in a heartbeat, if my house wasn't underwater!

Adrian Hudson
Adrian Hudson

Arizona will be the last patch of land on the Earth to even consider gay marriage.

TheUrsineObserver
TheUrsineObserver

Rational people appear to have little influence on this state's politics.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Arizona = The Hate State

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If this doesn't pass, it's just going to mean more money spent on doomed lawsuits.  The lawyers are probably already campaigning against it.

All it's going to take is for a gay couple married in California to move to Arizona and file taxes as a married couple.   If anybody notices and rejects their claim, they'll sue to the Supreme Court and Arizona will lose since our law conflicts with Article 4 of the U.S. Constitution.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  The Constitution protects each State's rights, but also makes it quite clear that if one State says that a couple is married, that every other State must also consider them to be married.  

The States also do not have the right to pass laws that violate the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution which it will be argued, means that if a man is allowed to marry a woman, then a woman must also be allowed to marry a woman.

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