Gay Marriage Group Stops Effort to Get "Equal Marriage" on Arizona Ballots in 2014

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The group that tried to gather signatures to get gay marriage on Arizona ballots in 2014 has called it quits.

In recent weeks, it surfaced that major funding sources for Equal Marriage Arizona had pulled out. Now, it's ending the campaign.

See also:
-Gay-Marriage Proponents: "It's Go Time"
-Arizona's Initiatives and Referendums

Here's the statement from Equal Marriage Arizona:
Equal Marriage Arizona, a citizens initiative to amend the Arizona Constitution to provide for equal marriage for same-sex couples in this state filed earlier this year, is formally suspending efforts to gather petition signatures to place the initiative on the ballot in November 2014. While the initiative received broad support among those in the LGBT community, as well as from individuals across the political spectrum, several state and national groups working for marriage equality advised that they would not support the effort mostly out of concerns about timing. Those groups have expressed interest in working with representatives of EMA on a possible 2016 campaign, which EMA would also support.

Completed petitions may be returned to the campaign at 32531 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 105-132, Scottsdale, AZ 85266 for destruction and any questions may be directed to 480-625-8620.

Equal Marriage Arizona thanks all who volunteered to assist in circulating petitions and encourages those same individuals to continue working toward equal marriage in this state.
Although there certainly seems to be a momentum shift toward tolerance of gay marriage, consider this: In 2008, Arizona voters approved Proposition 102, which declared, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state." Equal Marriage Arizona was pushing to get the opposite result in 2014, during the mid-term elections on the federal level, when there's historically lower voter turnout.

However, that may not have affected the outcome, since voters approved the state's medical-marijuana in 2010, a mid-term election -- although Arizonans also voted in a U.S. Senate race and a gubernatorial race that year, so there may have been more voters than in a typical off-year, when there's no presidential election.

It's still unknown if Equal Marriage Arizona could have collected the required number of signatures to make the ballot next year, since the organization's chairman just recently told New Times it hadn't formally begun the signature-gathering campaign, and didn't plan to do so for some time, due to a variety of factors.

Maybe 2016 is the answer; we'll have to wait and find out.

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16 comments
BenDover
BenDover

Did you read who EMA had as support..........a flat earther who writes books that says there is no global warming............No wonder it was doomed before it got off the ground.......Hillary 2016.

Jeffsfla
Jeffsfla

I want to thank all the brave LGBT people in AZ.  I know it is hard to step back and look at the larger picture.  AZ is a state where we cannot win alone.  You need the backing of the other states and the SCOTUS.   Our time is coming and we are finally going to make this a 50 state victory.   Please understand we are watching you and appreciating all your efforts on the ground.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

HELL IT WON'T PASS IN 2016 NEITHER.  THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKE AND WE DON'T WANT THAT TYPE OF CONDUCT HERE IN THIS STATE.  IF YALL WANT THAT GAY MARRIAGE YOU CAN GO BACK TO COMMUNIFORNIA.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

It couldn't have actually passed yet, so it's probably best to wait until 2016.  By then, it should stand a pretty good chance.


shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Guess you can't drag Arizona out of the 19th century all at once. 

Bet the Ayatollah Cathi Herrod is giving JD Hayworth a blow job to celebrate.

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho

Thats whack love is love no matter the gender or species. Shhhhhoooot.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

That's the reality, fellow progressives. 2014 was not meant to be our year in Sand Land.

Jeffsfla
Jeffsfla

@HILLFOLKREDNECK Hill..I hate to disappoint you but no state is immune from judicial review.  We are not a MOB rule society.  This issue will be in front of the SCOTUS within the next 2-3 years and people like you are going to be reminded of how our country really works.  But don't worry...you are still  not going to have to marry a dude.

psiphiorg
psiphiorg

@HILLFOLKREDNECK If "The people have spoke[n]" is a valid reason not to try to make a change, then the 2008 marriage ban never should have been on the ballot.  The people spoke in 2006 and said they didn't want a marriage ban, when they rejected the measure on that November's ballot. But your side tried again two years later and finally got a win.

So if your side needs two bites at the apple in order to get just one win, I think our side deserves at least one.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@valleynative  I agree wait for 2016.  I wouldn't be surprised if this state were the last in the nation to pass it though.  Remember the MLK holiday ordeal?  jeeze, then they wonder why no one wants to come here anymore! 

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